Files with the crdownload extension are partially downloaded files that are either still downloaded by Chrome web browser or were not completed. Once the download is finished, these files' extensions are restored to the original.

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Software that open crdownload file

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CRDOWNLOAD file extension - Google Chrome incomplete download

What is crdownload file? How to open crdownload files?

File type specification:

Temporary file type icon Temporary file type

Internet related file type icon Internet related file type

crdownload file icon: crdownload filetype icon

File extension crdownload is primarily related to the Google Chrome web browser.

A .crdownload file represents an incomplete download initiated with Google Chrome / Chromium. Under normal circumstances, this extension is changed back to the original once the download is finished.

Under normal circumstances, users should not encounter these files as they are either finished or deleted by Chrome in case of an interrupted download. You only see these files because a crash or download is still in progress.

This is most likely used to reserve disk space for the download to prevent crashes and other issues preventing a successful file download.

Previous versions of Google Chrome also used the download file extension until it was replaced by crdownload.

Updated: March 24, 2024

The default software associated to open crdownload file:

Google Chrome icon

Google Inc. logoGoogle Chrome  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Google Inc.

A popular Internet browser for Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS, and mobile platforms. 

Google Chrome for Mac icon

Google Inc. logoGoogle Chrome for Mac  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Google Inc.

Google Chrome for Mac is one from the most used Internet browsers on Mac computers. Chrome uses a fork of WebKit layout engine called the Blink that is regarded as one of the fastest layout engines for viewing websites and for work with JavaScript.

Chrome contains many useful functions such as high security, malware blocking, stability, easy user interface, themes and extensions. Extensions and web apps are available in the Chrome Web Store.

Google Chrome for Linux icon

Google Inc. logoGoogle Chrome for Linux  Linux/Unix software

Company or developer:
Google Inc.

Chrome for Linux is the one of the most used Internet browsers on the world. The first version was released in September 2, 2008.

Chrome uses The Blink layout engine. Chrome is very popular for many integrated useful features such as security, malware blocking, stability, user interface etc. Chrome also supports extensions and web applications.

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Help how to open:

In most cases, there is no way to open crdownload file. Some multimedia files can perhaps be played, but you will likely experience errors, or the file might not load at all.

How to convert:

These files cannot be converted because their download has not been finished. You can convert the original file once the download is done.

Find conversions from crdownload file:

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List of software applications associated to the .crdownload file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open crdownload file, edit crdownload file, convert crdownload file, view crdownload file, play crdownload file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting crdownload files.

Programs that can create crdownload file - Google Chrome incomplete download

Programs supporting the exension crdownload on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for create crdownload file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with crdownload file by default:
Google Chrome small icon Google Chrome
Other suggested software:
Chromium small icon Chromium

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

Main software associated with crdownload file by default:
Google Chrome for Mac small icon Google Chrome for Mac
Other suggested software:
Chromium for Mac small icon Chromium for Mac


Main software associated with crdownload file by default:
Google Chrome for Linux small icon Google Chrome for Linux
Other suggested software:
Google Chrome OS small icon Google Chrome OS
Chromium for Linux small icon Chromium for Linux
Chromium OS small icon Chromium OS

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