Open CRDOWNLOAD File – What is and How to View – Format and Programs

  • File type: Downloads
  • Description: Chrome Partially Downloaded File. Google Chrome download in progress. Chrome resume download.
  • File Extension: .CRDOWNLOAD



What is a .CRDOWNLOAD file

The meaning of a CRDownload file extension is a file downloaded in the chrome browser or Chromium, a chrome partially downloaded format. This type can be in one of the following status:

  • Partially downloaded or in progress.
  • A cancelled download.
  • A paused download

If you see a CRDOWNLOAD file extension type on your computer make sure you are not already downloading something. If you are downloading a file then it is a partially downloaded file if not is uncompleted.

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Usually .crdownload extension files are incomplete. It is the file name and the crdownload suffix. When the download process finishes google chrome deletes it automatically from the system in the downloads folder. If there is an interruption it will not be possible to delete it automatically. In this case the user will have to delete it manually.

In general this format is useless. It can not be viewed or recovered. But before deleting it, make sure you run chrome. The browser will do some checks in the it.

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 recover or convert .CRDOWNLOAD files

If you are using Google Chrome or Chromium your download is in this format before finishes. If there is an interruption you can recover the files partially.

  1. Search for your crdownload.
  2. Delete the extension .crdownload.
  3. Open with the appropiate program. Depending on the download type it can be a document, an image, a video.
  4. If it doesn’t work you will have to download it again.

How to open CRDownload Files online free

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 Chrome 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

The following openers for a crdownload are available online. Select an opener or reader application and download it then you can open crdownload file extension.

Category: Web Files or misc.
File format: Open-Source
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  • Chromium of Google Chrome

Convert to PDF

You can try to rename the .crdownload to .pdf to convert it. If it is a valid PDF it can be read with some free reader.

This extension was created by google.



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

What if I find 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.


What is a unconfirmed CRDownload?

These files are a stopped or paused download. You can delete it if you don’t want to resume the download, if not you have to keep it.


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


What if you can’t delete it ?

Won’t delete? If the file is in use by some program deleting it will not be possible. Wait for the end of the process or cancel it.

How to convert from CrDownload to MP4?

There is no way to do the conversion online and free. However, if the downloaded file is a MP4 then you can rename it to convert to .MP4. This will be like a conversion.

For example, video.crdownload will be renamed to video.mp4


In general, you can convert these files to their original format: to PDF, APK, to MP3 or others.


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.



What is a Unconfirmed CRDownload Virus?

The unconfirmed virus is a file, with the name 325046.crdownload that is a virus. It is a trojan virus. The idea of this archive is to access remotely to steal information. Be aware and don’t download any filename like this.


Can I resume ?

To resume it you have to manually unpause or resume the download files in the downloads folder.


Can I Delete the files safely?

You can delete crdownload files safely if the download is finished. However if the download is paused or running you have to wait for it to finish.


How to view downloads in Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome Browser
  2. Type in the navigation bar chrome://downloads/ or click CTRL + J

There you can view and delete the downloads in Google Chrome the completed ones and also the failed and unconfirmed.


How to create a .CRDOWNLOAD

You can’t create these partially downloaded files with crdownload extension for yourself. Only Google Chrome creates a file with crdownload extension when a download starts.


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