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How to Resume Failed Chrome Downloads

How to Resume Failed Chrome Downloads – Google Chrome has been around for over 10 years and it still has some of the worst out-of-the-box download management of any browser. Arguably, even Internet Explorer has better download management than Chrome. It gets particularly tricky when you’re trying to download something from a non-static source or through an unsteady connection.

What do you do when Chrome lets you down and can no longer continue with your download? What if you want to continue a download with a different address or host? Chrome doesn’t make it easy for you to do this. In this article we’ll go through a couple of methods you can use to continue your Chrome downloads outside of Chrome.

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Resume Download Chrome Using cURL

cURL is a cross platform command line tool and library used to transfer data.  cURL works for both Linux and Windows but for this tutorial, we will be using the Windows version.

  1. Download cURL for Windows from here. As soon it’s finished downloading, extract it.
  2. Copy or cut your failed download and paste it into the cURL bin folder (…Downloads\curl-7.61.1_6-win64-mingw\curl-7.61.1-win64-mingw\bin). Your failed download should have the extension ‘.crdownload‘.

*Before continuing with the next step, make sure that “Hide file Extensions for known file types” under file explorer options under the View tab is unticked.

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  1. Rename the failed download and omit the “.crdownload” part. For example, if your file is named MakeTechEasier.mp4.crdownload, it should become MakeTechEasier.mp4 after you rename it.
  2. You should be in the cURL bin folder. Open a command prompt or power shell window in it by holding shift and right clicking your mouse and then selecting “Open Command Prompt Window in here” or “Open PowerShell window in here” from the context menu.

Before proceeding with the next step, you need to get the address you were trying to download your file from. You can achieve this by opening chrome downloads, either by pressing ctrl + j on your keyboard, going to this address on your browser: chrome://downloads/ or clicking on the more options menu button and selecting it from the menu. Once you’ve opened downloads screen, right click on the address link and select “Copy link address“.

  1. In the open console window type curl.exe -o ‘[filename]’ -C – ‘[URL]’ if you’re using command prompt and .\curl.exe -o ‘[filename]’ -C – ‘[URL]’ if you’re using Windows PowerShell. Replace [filename] with the filename of your failed download and [URL] with your link address. As an example, if your link address is “” and your filename is MTE, the command should look like this:For Command Prompt
    curl.exe -o ‘MTE’-C – ‘’
    For PowerShell
    .\curl.exe -o ‘MTE’ -C – ‘’

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Here’s a quick rundown of the options you’re using here:

-o : Write the output to a specified filename. This flag is usually followed by a filename to output the streamed data to.
-C: Resume a previous data transfer

Alternatively, you could use wGet which works very similarly.

Resume Interrupted Download Using Firefox

A lot of people would recommend that you use Firefox as your default browser, especially with all the fanfare Firefox Quantum is still receiving. Firefox has always had better download management than Chrome. If you’re finding it hard to resume a download with Chrome, I’ll show you how you can continue downloading it with Firefox.

  1. Copy the source address of the failed download from Chrome.
  2. Open Firefox and paste it into the address bar and press the enter key. It should ask you if you want to open it or save it. Save it and note down where you have saved it.
  3. Open Firefox downloads by pressing Ctrl + J or clicking on the download icon. Find your download and pause it before it finishes or downloads a lot more data than you need.
  4. Open up your file explorer and navigate to where you saved your download from Firefox. Find the unfinished downloaded Firefox file. It should be a part file. For instance, let’s say your download is called MTE.doc, the unfinished Firefox download name would be MTE.doc.part. Once you find this file, note down the name including the file extension. Remember to ensure that your computer is displaying file extensions for known types. Delete the unfinished Firefox file after you’ve done noting the name.
  5. Find your unfinished Chrome download and put it in the same folder or path that the Firefox download was in. Rename your Chrome download after the unfinished Firefox file you deleted earlier. Using the earlier example if your chrome download is MTE.doc.crdownload, after you rename it, it should be MTE.doc.part.
  6. Go back into Firefox downloads and resume the download. It should continue from where Chrome left of.

Final Word

I’d advise anyone using Chrome to invest in a good extension or download manager to supplement its download management capabilities. Since prevention is better than treatment, don’t bother downloading large files using Chrome. Matter of fact; don’t bother downloading anything with Chrome. I won’t go as far as saying don’t use Chrome anymore but that would be disingenuous of me. Despite Google’s peeping tom tendencies, it’s still my default browser. Chrome has seen some slight improvements over the years in terms of downloads but it’s still a bit suspect.

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