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What are DOWNLOADING files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a DOWNLOADING file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a DOWNLOADING file?

The .downloading file format was created by Pando Networks, Inc. as a data file format for their file sharing software. Popularly known as Pando, this file sharing tool was designed for Microsoft Windows and serves as a P2P (peer to peer) client data sharing program.These DOWNLOADING files contain incomplete data that is currently being downloaded to the user's computer by the Pando software from the P2P network. As soon as the data has been completely downloaded to the user's computer, Pando will rename the .downloading extension of the file to its original file format. For example, if an MP3 file is being downloaded from the P2P network by the Pando software, then the incomplete download file will have the .downloading extension. When the download completes, the file will have its original .mp3 extension.Also used as temporary data files by the Pando software, these .downloading files do not contain any human readable data that can be used for purposes other than the internal application functions of this P2P tool. This means it's best to leave these DOWNLOADING files alone, in order to ensure that the download is completed without issues by the Pando P2P program.

How to open DOWNLOADING files

Important: Different programs may use files with the DOWNLOADING file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your DOWNLOADING file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 3 different DOWNLOADING openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: March 17, 2022

Suggest another file format using extension DOWNLOADING

While we know of one file format using the .DOWNLOADING 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 .DOWNLOADING file.

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

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