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What are PARTIAL files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a PARTIAL file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your PARTIAL files.

What is a PARTIAL file?

Files that contain the .partial file extension are most commonly associated with files that have been partially downloaded from the Internet. A variety of different download managers use the .partial file suffix when a file download is in progress.

When a file download has been completed, the .partial file extension will be replaced with the file's proper file extension. For example, if an MP3 file is being downloaded with a program that uses the .partial file extension, the file would be downloaded as songname.partial during the download process. Once the file had completed downloading it would be renamed as songname.mp3.

How to open PARTIAL files

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

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

Last updated: January 3, 2024

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

Internet ExplorerInternet ExplorerVerified
iTunesiTunesUser submitted
Instant AccessInstant AccessUser submitted
Fugawi Moving Map Software for GPS ReceiversFugawi Moving Map Software for GPS ReceiversUser submitted

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