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Interrupted Download in Google Chrome? How to Resume Successfully

Rahul Saigal Updated 11-03-2020

Your internet connection can be uncertain at times, and a sudden drop in the connectivity while downloading a large file can be frustrating. Sometimes, you might have to download the file from scratch because Chrome can’t detect the file fragment you just downloaded.

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If you’re on a limited bandwidth plan or your ISP throttles the data after you exceed the fair usage limit, the consequences of an interrupted download can prove expensive. Let’s see how to resume failed downloads in Google Chrome.

Cause for Partial Downloads

We cannot entirely blame Chrome for interrupted downloads. There are a few reasons why a partial or incomplete download can occur.

  • The web server doesn’t allow you to resume a download and forces it to start from the beginning.
  • If your internet connection is slow or the server gets overloaded with requests, then a timeout can result in incomplete downloads.
  • The source file is corrupted. In such a case, you’ll experience a partial download no matter which browser you use.

Use Chrome’s Download Manager to Resume Downloads

Google Chrome has a built-in download manager to display all your downloads—whether it’s active, failed, canceled, or completed. Press Ctrl + J or click the Options dropdown menu and select Downloads to open the download manager.

In the list of downloads, find the failed item and click Resume. If everything goes right, your download will resume from where it got interrupted.

resume download through chrome download manager

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Resume Interrupted Download With Wget

If the download fails to resume, you can try Wget. It’s a free, command-line tool to download files from the web. Wget is excellent over slow or unstable network connections. If a download fails, it’ll keep retrying until the whole file transfers to your computer.

There are many versions of Wget available for Windows 10. Head to Eternally Bored to download the latest 64-bit build. Drag the executable file to

C:\Users\[User Name]\Downloads

put wget executable in users folder

Now, you can run Wget in two ways: Change to the directory that has the executable with the cd command or add it as an environment variable so that you can access it from any directory. We recommend you to use the latter if you plan on using Wget frequently.

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Let’s set it up as an environment variable.

Setting Up Wget

Navigate to Control Panel > System and click Advanced System Settings. In the window that opens, click Environment Variables.

click environment variable in advanced system settings

Select Path under System variables and click Edit. Then, click on the New button located at the upper-right corner of the window. Type:

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C:\Users\[User Name]\Downloads\wget.exe

add wget to system environment variable

Click OK.

Open Command Prompt and type “wget -h” to test if everything works. In PowerShell type “wget.exe -h” to load the Wget help menu.

Rename the Partially Downloaded File

To rename your file, we need two essential bits of information—website URL and location of the partially downloaded file.

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Press Ctrl + J to open the download manager. Locate the file, right-click the source file’s website, and then select Copy link address. Paste your link in the Notepad.

website URL of the partially downloaded file

Now, click More and choose Open downloads folder.

open downloads folder from chrome

When your file gets partially downloaded, Chrome gives a default name of “Unconfirmed [Random Number].crdownload.”

The .crdownload extension is a byproduct of Chrome. You can neither open or convert it to another format. Once you download completes, it gets removed.

partially downloaded file in explorer

You can get the original filename quickly from the website URL. If the link is

http://mirrors.evowise.com/linuxmint/stable/19.3/linuxmint-19.3-cinnamon-64bit.iso

then your filename is linuxmint–19.3-cinnamon–64-bit.iso. Right-click the partially downloaded file and select Rename. Remove the .crdownload extension from the end of the file and press Enter.

rename your file with the source URL filename

A message will warn you that the file might become unusable if you change the extension. Click Yes.

If you see a weird message “File in Use,” then find out the error preventing you from renaming the file. In Chrome, it is a particular process that’s causing all the problems.

Note: Do not quit Chrome, or else it’ll delete the file from your system.

warning message that the file might become unusable

Resume Your Download with Wget

To resume your download through Wget, you need the file path of the target download file and the website URL.

Press and hold the Shift key, then right-click your file and select Copy as path. Also, copy-and-paste the website URL you copied earlier. Paste these two bits of information in Notepad.

copy the path of your target file

Now we’ll use the Wget command

wget -c -O "[file-path-of-the-target-download-file]""[website-URL]"

Replace the parameters defined in square brackets with actual data. Press Enter to resume the download.

Do not forget to enclose the path in inverted commas.

wget -c -O
"C:\Users\Rahul\Downloads\linuxmint-19.3-cinnamon-64bit.iso""http://mirrors.evowise.com/linuxmint/stable/19.3/linuxmint-19.3-cinnamon-64bit.iso"

resume incomplete download with wget

Third-Party Apps With Superior Download Manager

While Google Chrome has improved a lot in terms of stability and user experience, the native download manager lacks essential features like resuming incomplete downloads, scheduling, download acceleration, and more.

Internet Download Manager

internet download manager interface

It is the most popular download manager for Windows. When you install the app, its built-in extension deeply integrates with Chrome and allows IDM to intercept URLs. The download segmentation feature accelerates the download speed considerably.

IDM error recovery and resume capability will restart broken or interrupted downloads due to lost network connections, unexpected shutdown, or power outages. Other features include download categories, scheduler, queue processor, progressive download with quotas, and more.

Download: Internet Download Manager (Free Trial, Lifetime License: $25)

EagleGet Download Manager

eagleget download manager

It is a free alternative to IDM. The app has a simple and intuitive interface and uses a similar kind of multi-threading technology to speed up your downloads. The resume ability is not as powerful as IDM. But nevertheless, it is a feature rich download manager.

Download: EagleGet Download Manager (Free)

Continue Incomplete Downloads With Ease

With high internet speed and almost unlimited data, partial or incomplete downloads aren’t a big problem. If an interruption occurs, resuming your download through Wget is quick and easy. If the file is large or if your internet connection is spotty, it’s better to download the file with Wget.

Wget is a versatile command line utility that can do quite a few things with a single command. Did you know that with Wget and a few simple scripts, you can save multiple webpages into PDFs How to Convert Multiple Webpages Into PDFs With Wget Want to archive some web pages to read later on any device? The answer is to convert those websites to PDF with Wget. Read More ?

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  1. Nancy
    March 27, 2018 at 8:08 am

    I have also tried many times. 'Resume' not working in chrome.

  2. Peter O'Driscoll
    November 19, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Kihara,

    The resume is now available under :
    chrome://downloads/

  3. John
    October 31, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Followed the instructions but the download started from the beginning instead of resuming. The instructions say to rename the partially downloaded file by simply removing the .crdownload extension. I couldn't help wondering how wget would know to resume that particular file. And sure enough it did not even try to resume.

    I then renamed the partially downloaded file to the actual filename (i.e. NOT the temporary "Unconfirmed nnnnnn" filename) & tried running the wget command again. This time it resumed.

    That is all.

  4. aditya
    September 9, 2017 at 9:51 am

    no use sir not working pls give a new method

  5. king
    July 20, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Do it in Firefox. Chrome will never work. It's waste.....

  6. Liam W
    July 2, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    I could never get it to work in Chrome on Mac, despite there being a resume option available - it always failed. Safari on the other hand, that resumes downloads perfectly.

  7. amal thomas
    March 23, 2017 at 9:28 am

    I have an idea
    Please copy a new download link address and start a fresh download using mi built in browser.
    Please pause the download it reaches above 100 kB.
    Then go to your file manager and open the downloads folder.find the last paused download and copy it's name.
    Then paste the old broken download file to downloads folder and rename it.
    Then go to mi browser and resume the download.
    Bye
    More tricks subscribe to my YouTube channel ( YouTube.com/amalthomas987 )

    • karthik
      April 8, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      What is mi browser?

    • karthik
      April 8, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      I downloaded the apllication wget . But I can't find a file with .crdownload extension ....

  8. vinay
    January 8, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Arey yaar!!what have you done?? it has started from the beginning again
    I have done same things you said and the download started from the beginning again

    • Amal Thomas
      March 23, 2017 at 9:37 am

      I have an idea
      Please copy a new download link address and start a fresh download using mi built in browser.
      Please pause the download it reaches above 100 kB.
      Then go to your file manager and open the downloads folder.find the last paused download and copy it's name.
      Then paste the old broken download file to downloads folder and rename it.
      Then go to mi browser and resume the download.
      Bye
      More tricks subscribe to my YouTube channel ( YouTube.com/amalthomas987 )

  9. Steve Fahnestalk
    December 12, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Tried a 51.1 GB download only to wake up and find out it failed during the night. I just discovered mine was enabled by default; went through the entire "flags" list several times and couldn't find it, so I opened the download window. The file had "resume" at the bottom, which I clicked... and it resumed and finished the download! Woohoo!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. 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

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

    how to remove the extension

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. Anonymous
    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.

  22. Anonymous
    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.

  23. Anonymous
    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

  24. Anonymous
    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

  25. Anonymous
    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...

  26. 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.

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

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

  28. 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...

  29. 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 ..

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

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

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

    really really awesome man... thank god ..

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

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

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

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

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

  36. 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...

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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!