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How to Open a CRDOWNLOAD File Online in Windows and MAC

What are CRDownload Files Format Extension

File extension .crdownload is used by Google Chrome to show that your file downloading process is not complete yet. It is a file extension suffix of the temporary filename.

For example: when you download a picture then its format is .img. But when it is in the process of being downloaded then .crdownload is the extension used by Google to show that the downloading is in progress.

Google Chrome appends the extension .crdownload to the downloads that are not finished. A format similar to this is the .download. The browsers mozilla firefox and Apple Safari use it.

downloads folder

You can find all the downloaded objects in the “downloads’ folder of your system or device. As Mozilla Firefox uses .download as an extension, likewise Google uses other.

example of .crdownload file

How to Open a CRDownload File

You can open the file with the .crdownload extension by a double click if it is installed nicely.

If it does not open, then the problem is with the file.

One problem can be it is not downloaded completely and the other could be it being corrupted.


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Use the program Google Chome to open this file extension:

  1. Find the filename.
  2. Double click on it
  3. On open with dialog, select google chrome application.
  4. Confirm
  5. View the file


  • Why Google uses it?

The files that are downloaded through Google are given the file extension crdownload. It is given when the downloading is in progress. When it is fully downloaded then it changes into another extension depending upon the type.

For example: if it is a song then .mp3, if an image then .img or.jpg. One use of this  can be Google recovering the files that were not downloaded.

Sometimes they stop downloading due to a bad internet connection. Or are at fault and don't just download whatever you do then .crdownload comes in use.

In your "downloads" section in chrome, all the ones that were downloaded or are downloading are shown with crdownload.

Also, It gives Google and you an opportunity to “pause” an already downloading or resume one which was not downloaded before.

It helps chrome in recovering the them right from where they stopped downloading. Sometimes some ones can also start downloading from the start.


chrome downloads screenshot

  • Issues:

Sometimes you can't open it due to some of these issues:

  • You clicked on a link which was not correct and was downloaded in the wrong path.
  • Sometimes it can be corrupted, and your antivirus cannot scan it properly. Once downloaded then you cannot open it just because maybe it was not meant to open but corrupt your whole system.
  • Your drivers are too old to perform this function. They are out of date and need an upgrade.
  • Maybe the installation of the application or program it is not up to the point or the right way.
  • Accidently you can sometimes delete the file from the registry of Windows. This can lead to the program not locating it. And therefore not opening your desired archive.

So, it is an incomplete format which when the download is complete turns into the extension in which it should be stored.

".CRDOWNLOAD" is an incomplete used by everyone's favorite Google chrome browser.


Can you delete a .CRDOWNLOAD ?

This file is usually a stopped or paused download. You can delete it if you already have the download finished. If not, just resume your download and it will automatically dissappear.

If the download is in progress you will get an error if you try to delete it.

delete a .crdownload file


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How to create CRDownload Files on Windows

You can't create it manually. There is no point in create this file as this is a partial download.


How to convert to MP3 or MP4

You can't convert it but you can view it with a CRDOWNLOAD viewer. If the download is a video then you will need a video software. If it is an audio you will need an audio program.