How to open crdownload file on Windows 10

Browsers can download files and some have fairly decent download managers, which are in their possession. When you will find a download manager in most modern browsers, how the download will be handled by the browser will vary from browser to browser. The files, while they are downloading, are to be stored somewhere until the download is complete and the file is ready to use. Some browsers choose to hide the file while downloading, while others, such as Chrome, create a file in the download location that represents an in-progress download. This file has a crdownload extension.

crdownload file

A crdownload file is a temporary file that Chrome creates. While the download is in progress, this file will remain on your system. Each file to be downloaded has its own crdownload file, and each is given a different name. After the download is complete, the crdownload file is replaced with the name of the actual file you were downloading.

Open crdownload file

If you see a crdownload file on your desktop or in another folder, it indicates one of four things;

  • Downloading a file in Chrome
  • A file was downloading in Chrome but the browser crashed before the download finished.
  • A stalled download in Chrome.
  • The download failed and Chrome was unable to clean the residual crdownload file.

In all four cases, you will not be able to open the crdownload file. In fact, these files are not meant to open until the download is finished simply because not all data is there. Here’s what you can do to open a crdownload file.

1. Wait for the download to complete

If the download is still in progress, allow it to complete. To see if a download is running in Chrome, follow these steps.

  1. Make sure Chrome is already open. The browser cannot download files in the background.
  2. Tap on Ctrl + J Keyboard Shortcut To open the download page.
  3. You’ll see List of all recent downloads and any Files currently being downloaded.
  4. For the file still being downloaded, you will See a progress bar, and download speed. Let it be done.
  5. If there is a ‘Resume’ and ‘Cancel’ buttons, Click on the ‘Resume’ button. The download has been stopped and will be completed when you resume it.

2. Resume download / restart

If the download has failed, you can delete the crdownload file and start the download again.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Tap on Ctrl + J Keyboard Shortcut To open the download page.
  3. Check to see if there are any The download has a ‘Resume’ button. If you see one, Click it.
  4. if you ‘Download failed message Under one download, you will not be able to resume it. Copy the link that you see under the download.
  5. Paste link in URL bar In a new tab, and Tap Enter to restart the download.

You may be able to resume a failed download but not via Chrome. Check out this little trick with Firefox.

The conclusion

A crdownload file cannot be opened simply because it does not have all the data required to open the file. More importantly, there is no app that can actually open a crdownload file. If you are downloading a PSD (Photoshop) file and it has a crdownload extension, you will not be able to open it in Photoshop because the app cannot handle this file extension.

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