Files with download extension were used in some of the previous versions of Chrome web browser to store incomplete downloads.

There are 2 other file types using
the DOWNLOAD file extension!

download - Mozilla partial download [common]

download - Apple Safari partial download [common]

Detailed description

Software that open download file

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DOWNLOAD file extension - Chrome partial download

What is download file? How to open download files?

File type specification:

Temporary file type icon Temporary file type

download file icon: download filetype icon

File extension download is mainly associated with some older versions of Google Chrome or Chromium web browsers and used for their incomplete download file.

The latest version of Google Chrome is using the crdownload file extension instead.

This download file type entry was marked as obsolete and no longer supported file format.

This type of file is no longer actively used and is most likely obsolete. This is typically the case for system files in old operating systems, file types from long discontinued software, or previous versions of certain file types (like documents, projects etc.) that were replaced in higher versions of their original programs.

Updated: March 24, 2024

The default software associated to open download 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. 

Help how to open:

If Chrome does not start the download again when you open it, you can delete this file, as there is no way to open it.

How to convert:

You generally cannot convert partial downloads. First, you must finish the download and restore the original file to a suitable format.

List of software applications associated to the .download 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 download file, edit download file, convert download file, view download file, play download 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 download files.

Programs that can create download file - Chrome partial download

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

Microsoft Windows:

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

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

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