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Have you ever been in the process of downloading a large file in Chrome, then suddenly and without warning, your Internet gets disconnected or your computer hangs and you are forced to reboot? A download could also be interrupted by accidentally removing the electrical power cord from the wall socket or through power outage in your area.

When you finally get your computer up and running again, you agonizingly realize your download progress has disappeared and you have to restart.

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If this happens a couple of times, a simple download can take ages to complete. If you are on a limited bandwidth plan or your carrier throttles your data Is Your Carrier Slowing Down Your Unlimited Data Connection? How To Avoid Data Throttling Is Your Carrier Slowing Down Your Unlimited Data Connection? How To Avoid Data Throttling If you are on an unlimited plan that's throttled once you exceed certain limits or you have a data cap, as most people do, this article offers advice on how to ease the pain. Read More after you exceed the fair usage limit, the consequences of an interrupted download can be expensive.

Unfortunately, unlike Firefox and Internet Explorer which allow you to easily resume interrupted downloads, this is one area that Chrome fails miserably. If you are a die-hard Chrome user, then the following workaround should help you avoid restarting a big download. Take note that I tested this in Windows 7.

WGet

This handy application is free and is part of the GNU project. Its primary purpose is to retrieve content from web servers. The name is a combination of the words “World Wide Web” and “Get”. Download the program and install it on your computer. Do not install it in the default programs folder. Select a different install location, because you will need to copy the failed download file to the same location as Wget’s executable file.

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Locate the unconfirmed download file, paste it into the same location as the Wget executable file. Look in the Google Drive > GnuWin32 > Bin folder.

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Rename it by deleting the “.crdownload” extension as shown below. Click Yes in the notification that pops up.

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Next, in the download location folder, press and hold down the Shift key, right click and select Open Command Window Here.

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A command window should launch. Type in the following command wget -c [URL], where [URL] is the download link, and press Enter. You can find the download link by going to your Chrome downloads page using the shortcut Ctrl +J.

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You will notice that the download picks up where it left off before the interruption. Once the download completes, the command window closes. Confirm that file has been downloaded by checking the download location.

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Can You Do It With An Extension or App?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a Chrome download manager that resumes interrupted downloads in same way a Firefox add-on such as DownThemAll 7 Extensions Firefox Users Love That No Other Browser Has 7 Extensions Firefox Users Love That No Other Browser Has Extensions aren't always supported across all browsers. Check out these beloved Firefox-only extensions that are so useful that you may be swayed over from whichever other browser you currently use. Read More is able do it. I tested out several popular Chrome download managers and they all failed to pick up a download at the point it was interrupted. The only option available was to restart the download. Chrome simply doesn’t have this functionality yet but we hope the developers will include this feature in the next release. This is yet another thing Chrome doesn’t let you do Firefox Freedom! Four Things Chrome Doesn’t Let Users Do Firefox Freedom! Four Things Chrome Doesn’t Let Users Do Think Chrome can do everything? Think again. Here are four things Firefox users can do easily that Chrome users basically can't. Read More , that Firefox does.

Experimental Features

There is a Chrome experimental feature Using Google Chrome? Here's How to Reach Under The Hood & Customize Special Settings Using Google Chrome? Here's How to Reach Under The Hood & Customize Special Settings Chrome is one of my favorite Google products. Google got a few core, basic principles right in its design, and instead of becoming bloated over time like most software, Chrome remained svelte, secure, and very,... Read More that is supposed to enable download resumption though I couldn’t get it to work in Windows 7. The feature can be accessed by typing “Chrome://flags” in your URL bar. This takes you to Chrome’s experimental features. Scroll down and look for Enable Download Resumption and click Enable.

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If this works, you should see a new context menu item labelled Resume upon right clicking on the file in Chrome’s download page . But, like I said, this is an experimental feature and the developers make no guarantees on whether it works. To the best of my knowledge, it doesn’t work in Windows 7 and I am only including this information here for the benefit of Mac, Linux and Chrome OS users who may have better luck with the feature.

How Do You Resume Your Downloads?

Finally, if you need to download a really big file, for the moment it is best to use Firefox if your Internet connection is choppy. Alternatively, you could search online for the torrent version of the file and download it using a Bit Torrent client such uTorrent. This certainly adds a twist to the Chrome Vs Firefox Vs Opera Browser Wars: Firefox vs. Chrome vs. Opera, The Definitive Benchmark Browser Wars: Firefox vs. Chrome vs. Opera, The Definitive Benchmark If you could only choose one browser, which one would it be? Which is best: Firefox, Chrome or Opera? We'll show you. Read More debate.

Have you ever had to resume an interrupted download in Chrome? How did you go about it? Share your insights and suggestions in the comments below.

  1. Splainerson
    November 27, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    I currently have Windows 7 with the latest version of Chrome, and this is all you have to do.

    Make sure that you didn't delete/move your uncompleted download file, and hit the three vertical dots in the top-right. Go to downloads (you can also hit ctrl-j). Find your file in the list, and click resume.

    Did it just now, and it works fine.

  2. Lew
    October 17, 2016 at 2:22 am

    There is a browser that has a built-in download program that allows you to resume a file download. The browser is Maxthon Cloud Browser. It is Chromium based. I have been using it for a long time. It had worked great. Recent updates(?) have caused problems. The download stops a lot recently. I don't know if it is because of the browser updates, a problem with my internet source, or the internet service I am downloading from. The speed also has been dropping off. You can pause the download and resume it.

    Recently it has problems which it didn't have before. Sometimes it refuses to start the file download. These are small files from web sites.

    It has other features that I love and can't find most of them in other browsers.

  3. Selvaraj Subramanian
    September 24, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Thanks for this.
    When I tried on a Win10 (WGet64, not WGet) computer with a https location. It wasnt working - called it an unsupported scheme.
    Tried the same link with http, it was initiating a new thread.
    Then, I changed the partial download file (the one with .crdownload extension) with the name of the actual fine name including extension, it worked like a charm.

    • lawra
      September 25, 2016 at 10:43 pm

      i can't find the "enable download resumption"

    • Wayne
      November 3, 2016 at 7:27 am

      so the last step you changed the partial downloads name from .crdownload to android studio-etc?

  4. Selwyn Fernandes
    July 2, 2016 at 8:56 am

    The download URL has a username and password. How do I pass the username and password in wget -c command?

    • GARGI PAREEK
      October 6, 2016 at 9:28 am

      wget -c URL --user USER --password PASS

  5. sjg
    June 25, 2016 at 12:18 am

    how to remove the extension

  6. Craig Hubley
    June 18, 2016 at 2:26 am

    There is no excuse in the 2010s for failling to support download resumption. FTP and HTTP certainly do support it, always have, and to have to use wget is just unaccceptable, period.

    Opera, by the way, has always resumed downloads pretty much perfectly out of the box. And DownThemAll on Firefox has also always worked. Chrome is uniquely bad at this, and it bodes ill for a "Chromebook" or "ChromeOS", which I will never use or buy, for any reason, since if you can't implement simple file download resumption, you don't belong in the OS business at all. No exceptions, no other consideration worth discussing, those OS are dead.

  7. theophilus
    March 1, 2016 at 2:27 am

    God bless you for this awesome post. I've always been a victim of discontinued downloads in chrome and as a result I've lost hundreds of data. However, this is not the case anymore as I tried out this method(the first one with wget) and it worked! thanks a lot for helping out.

  8. Muhammad
    January 13, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    it does not work. it says the download is 100% but it's not.

    • ARUN
      January 21, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      Bro you trying windows xp or what ?

      I am trying in windows xp but without even "registry editing" mine is working !
      It stoped at 93% now resumed it is 96% as I am typing.

  9. naveen
    December 24, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    i don"t have resume button in chrome. now what can i do?

    • ARUN
      January 21, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      True. Didn't work in XP don't know about Windows 7.

  10. Ted
    November 15, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Worked for me, but I needed to have both the partially complete program and unconfirmed download file in the same folder. When I tried with only the unconfirmed download file, it started from 0%, but when I copied over the partially completed program file as well as the unconfirmed download file to the same folder, it picked off from where it had left off.

  11. Linksevogel
    November 13, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    This is indeed horrible in Chrome. I was downloading a game and forgot that i didn't have enough space on my disk, so the download got interrupted. I removed some old movies from my disc, i was sure i had enought again, but noooo... couldn't continue! Thanks for the advice. AND F*** GOOGLE!

  12. Thomas Friedrich
    October 12, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Just found out how bad the user xp with sammobile is. Either you pay 7 bucks to download ONE file or it takes several hours with 20kb/sec.
    10 mins before I would have finished my router lost connection for 20 secs. At that time I found out that Chrome does not resume. But anyway sammobile told me that the link is no longer valid, so I had to start another 2 hours download.
    This time I wanted to use a download manager, but guess what? They use an internal username and password so you cannot use the link in any other program.
    Their files cannot be found on any other fileserver, although they don't seem to be copyrighted.

    BTW, I guess the best download manager is still Getright, as it is able to download a file from several servers at the same time.

  13. Daniel Lombardo
    August 11, 2015 at 8:34 am

    I remember download resume on Netscape! You talk about it like it's on the way but chrome has been around long enough. Why not implement it? There must be a reason.

  14. Daniel Lombardo
    August 11, 2015 at 8:32 am

    The best way to dl on linux is wget. Just copy the download link and enter it into terminal. You will have to install wget first.

    It's so curious that this feature is missing. Actually

  15. Jatin Goel
    August 7, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    an anyone plzz tell me how to rename the file in the earlier step i am having problem understanding it

  16. Jonah Innuksuk
    June 20, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Can we please!!!! PLEASE!!!!! cut to the chase??? people who are pissed off at a sudden "unknown network error" (especially with limited bandwidth internet) are really pissed off and damn near break their keyboard and mouse who'd rather not be educated on what they're looking for and get lost in link after link after link after link after link after link after description after link after link...

  17. George
    May 1, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Thanks Kihara,

    I cant tell you how useful this post was. I have to download a few huge files and my pc just went off at about 70% of the job.

    I thought I have to start it over until I've read that big blue word "WGet". I fell stupid for not thinking about wget before google-ing for a solution to my problem.

    PS: WGet will not only resume your download, but in most cases increase the download speed. Of course if you are already downloading with the maximum speed based on your connection or the server where the file is located then no change for you.

    In Chrome i was downloading 2 files, both with 250 - 270 k/s, but with wget i'm downloading one file with about 500 k/s and the other with about 300 k/s.

    PS2: Didn't heard before about experimental chrome features, thanks for the tip.

    Nice article and really useful information, thanks again.

  18. Wilson
    April 30, 2015 at 6:12 am

    Hi, Thank you very much for the DownloadAll tip. The extension is great. TYVM! ;)

  19. Edi
    April 23, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    i cannot find the crdownload file.... help me.... the download was failed and no crdownload file in download folder...

  20. collen
    April 12, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    just use internet download manager (idm) best the is, resume all downloads and you can even download YouTube videos ..

  21. Jagannath
    March 15, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    I am not able to find .crdownload file in Downloads folder!!!
    Please help me out..

  22. jayanathan
    December 6, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    really really awesome man... thank god ..

  23. Andrew Pollack
    November 21, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Thanks. I suspected there was a way to do this and was thinking of trying to go to my linux box to do it, but your concise article reminded me that it was easier to grab wget for windows. You also gave me the confirmation that it would work. I'm transferring 100gb of data from one data center to another and you've saved me 15 hours of transfer time thanks to f'ing windows auto-rebooting for updates last night and stopping 70gb had been moved.

  24. H. S. Tang
    October 30, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Thank you for the tips, Mr. Kimachia.

    Manage to resume and complete an interrupted download using the GNU Wget utility.

  25. Bucks
    August 11, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Some Chrome-like browsers can restore downloads. For example, Citrio.

  26. James
    August 9, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    My internet often fails. So to make downloads I use a software called Orbit, for windows.

  27. Krasen I
    August 8, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Yes. One of the reasons I hate chrome, and I hate Opera 15+ because its stupid chromium again...

  28. Indronil M
    August 8, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    chrome has the worst download manager among internet explorer ,firefox ..whileusing a slow connection..
    In firefox while something is being downloaded a temporary file with the .part extention gets created (sometimes a file with the original file name is also created ..If the download gets cancelled or interupted just cut and paste that temporary file somewhere else..restart the download wait fr sometime .again a file will be created just copy its name and rename the file copied earlier with this name ...and replace the new file with the old one resume the download again ..and u will find it starts from where it got cancelled earlier...
    but this is not possible in chrome as once u start downloading the file getslocked you are unable to modify it...
    if u want something easy use fdm or idm works like a charm.

  29. Rajib Ghosh
    August 8, 2014 at 2:38 am

    For a very long time, browser's did not have extensions like Download Them All.
    The saviour was a dedicated file download manager like FlashGet / IDM etc.

    All you had to do is paste the URL in the download manager, and it would do the needful. By integrating it's plugin in the browser, the download managers could also intercept downloads initiated by the browsers and take over. They could also download all links present in a page, download files in a sequence, etc. etc.

    Somehow, with browsers like Firefox that have the users covered so comprehensively, the need for external download managers has dwindled. Thanks to Chrome for setting us back by a decade.

  30. Howard B
    August 7, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Or you could just use DownThemAll, which resumes broken downloads *and* does segmented downloading (downloading different parts of a file over different connections, like the old program GetRight, which significantly speeds things up, especially if there are file mirrors available).
    Oh that's right, Chrome doesn't have DownThemAll...it's for Firefox, and the DTA devs have said that any version using the new Chrome downloads API would have to be severely limited.
    Firefox FTW!

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