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How to Set Specific Download Folders for File Types in Chrome and Firefox

Nancy Messieh 27-04-2018

Keeping your downloads folder organized can be a hassle, but there are a few automated ways to keep the mess under control. You can automatically delete files older than 30 days How to Automatically Delete Old Files in the Windows Downloads Folder If you want to keep your Downloads folder uncluttered and free of wasted space, you should turn on this nifty Windows 10 feature. Read More , and you can save files to specific folders based on file type. We’ll show you how to do the latter in this article.


How to Auto-Save File Types to Specific Folders

The Chrome extension RegExp Download Organizer allows you to create rules for downloaded file types. For example, every time you download a PDF, it will be automatically saved to a folder of your choice in the downloads folder.

You can also filter down to specific file types. For example, you can save all images to one folder, or you can create a separate folder for JPEGs, another for PNGs, etc. The Chrome extension comes with a couple of rules already created: one for images and one for torrents.

How to Set Specific Download Folders for File Types in Chrome and Firefox File Download Location

Let’s say you want to create a new rule for PDFs, enter the following:

  1. For MIME (Filetype), enter application/pdf.
  2. For Destination Path, select pdf/ (or the folder name of your choice).

The extension includes a list of rules you can use for various file types, including compressed files (ZIP), Windows executable files (EXE), audio files, and video files.


How to Set Specific Download Folders for File Types in Chrome and Firefox File Types

As you can see from the screenshot above, you can also create rules based on specific URLs and file names.

How to Add “Save In” Folders to the Right-Click Menu

If you would rather add specific locations you can choose from as you save the file, there is an extension available that does that.

The Save In extension (ChromeFirefox) requires extensive permissions when installing, including the ability to read and change all data on websites you visit. By way of contrast, the aforementioned RegExp Download Organizer extension only requires permission to manage your downloads.

If you decide Save In is right for you, once you’ve installed the extension, when you right-click a link or file in your browser, you’ll now see Save in in your context menu, with two folder options already listed: images and video. If you save a file to these locations, your browser will automatically create those subfolders in your Downloads folder if they don’t exist.

To add or modify the locations on that list, open the extension options in your browser and just add them to the existing list:

How to Set Specific Download Folders for File Types in Chrome and Firefox Add Download Locations

When you right-click a file, those locations will now be available in your context menu:

How to Set Specific Download Folders for File Types in Chrome and Firefox Save in folders

If you want to select a folder that isn’t in the downloads folder, it gets a little more complicated and will require you to create a symbolic link What Is a Symbolic Link (Symlink)? How to Create One in Linux File shortcuts are useful, but symbolic links (symlinks) can change how you use files and folders on Linux, macOS, and Windows. Read More . If that seems too complicated for you and you really want to save your files to folders that aren’t in the downloads folder, there is one more option to consider:

Mac users can automatically move files to and from specific folders using automated rules with Hazel Hazel - Performing Tasks On Your Mac So You Don't Have To I have previously written an entire MUO guide about using Apple's smart folders and Automator program, but a classic third-party application called Hazel is one of my personal automation assistants that works in the background,... Read More or Mac’s Automator, while Windows users can give QuickMove a try.

Related topics: Download Management, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox.

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  1. Kia
    September 19, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    How can you move downloads to a specific folder on Android? TIA