DOWNLOAD File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a DOWNLOAD file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .DOWNLOAD files.

What is a DOWNLOAD file?

Files with the .download file extension normally contain files that are being downloaded by the Google Chrome Web browser. If you begin to download a file using the Chrome Download Manager and the file download does not download completely, the file will be given the .download file extension until the download can resume. When the download resumes and finishes, the Chrome Download Manager will rename the file with the proper file extension.

Other download utilities and P2P file-sharing programs have also been known to use the .download file extension for partially-downloaded Internet files. In all cases, the files are renamed with the proper file extension once the file has finished downloading to the user's computer.

How to open DOWNLOAD files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension DOWNLOAD for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different DOWNLOAD openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension DOWNLOAD

While we know of one file format using the .DOWNLOAD file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .DOWNLOAD file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of DOWNLOAD files. Remember, different programs may use DOWNLOAD files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

WinRARWinRARUser submitted
SafariSafariUser submitted
YouTube Video Downloader ProYouTube Video Downloader ProUser submitted
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
TubeDownloadTubeDownloadUser submitted
GOM PlayerGOM PlayerUser submitted
Youtube Downloader PROYoutube Downloader PROUser submitted
Picasa Photo ViewerPicasa Photo ViewerUser submitted
iTunesiTunesUser submitted
FLV Downloader ProFLV Downloader ProUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with DOWNLOAD-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with DOWNLOAD-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!