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How to Resume an Interrupted Download in Google Chrome

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An internet connection can be unpredictable at times, and a sudden drop of the connection while downloading a large file can be frustrating. However, Google Chrome lets you resume downloads if they unexpectedly stop.

Resume Downloads Using Chrome’s Download Manager

Google Chrome uses a built-in download manager to display all your downloads—active, failed, canceled, and completed. The manager opens in its own tab and shows a list of every file you’ve ever downloaded in Chrome.

Note: Some websites don’t allow for you to resume a download if it fails to complete the first time around. Certain web servers don’t remember your request to download the file, forcing it to start from the beginning all over again.

To open the download manager, type chrome://downloads into the Omnibox and hit the Enter key. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl+J on Windows or Command+J on macOS.

Type chrome://downloads into the Omnibox and hit Enter.

In the list of downloads, find the failed item and click “Resume”.

Click "Resume" to resume the file when you connect to the internet again.

If everything goes right, your download will resume from where it left off before you were disconnected.

If everything goes right, the download will resume from where it left off.

Resume Downloads Using WGet

If the download fails to resume after pressing the button, you have one more method to try. It uses the command line, a piece of free software, and requires the partially downloaded file. While the command line can be a bit daunting for some, we will go over it step-by-step so you can follow along with ease.

WGet is an open-source application for Linux, macOS, and Windows, part of the GNU project that retrieves files over the internet. It’s a command-line tool that lets aborted downloads resume directly from web servers.

Head over to the WGet downloads page and get the package that’s right for your system. We’ll be using the Windows version for this guide, but it should work identically on all operating systems.

After WGet finishes downloading, install/extract the contents to a folder that’s easy to remember. Because it’s primarily used to resume Chrome downloads and uses the partially downloaded file, we put it in Chrome’s default download folder for convenience.

Open the downloads manager with Ctrl+J (Windows) or Command+J (macOS), locate the file, right-click the source file’s website, and then select “Copy Link Address.”

Right-click the file's source download location, and then click "Copy link address."

Now, click More (three dots) and then choose the “Open Downloads Folder” option.

Open the downloads folder by clicking the three dots, and then clicking "Open downloads folder."

Locate the file, right-click it, and then select “Rename.”

Right-click the file, and then click "Rename."

Remove the “.crdownload” extension from the end of the file and hit the Enter key.

Delete .crdownload, and then hit Enter.

Sometimes, Chrome gives a download a default name of “Unconfirmed.crdownload.” If this happens, you will have to rename the whole file. You can get the original filename from the source’s URL you copied earlier. For instance, our source URL is http://website.com/your/file/here/6.7.1.9.exe which means “6.7.1.9.exe” is the filename.

If Chrome renames the file to "Unconfirmed.crdownload" rename it to its original filename. You can find it at the very end of the source URL you copied earlier.

A message will open warning you the file might become unusable if you change the extension. Click “Yes.”

Click "Yes" to rename the file.

Now, open Command Prompt (Windows) or Terminal (macOS) and navigate to the downloads folder (i.e. C:\Users\User\Downloads) where the file and the extracted WGet executable is located. Type wget -c <theSourceFilesDownloadWebsite>. It should look something like this:

wget -c http://source.website.com/incompleteFile.exe

Hit the Enter key and, if the server allows for it, the file will resume from where it left off in Chrome. Otherwise, the download will start from the beginning again.

If the server allows for file download resuming, the command will run and the download will continue from where it left off.

After the download completes, you can close Command Prompt or Terminal and open the file normally as you would if it had finished downloading properly the first time.