Continuing Google Chrome downloads that have been canceled because of a crashed browser, a Windows bluescreen, or some other reason is quite easy by using the tools available via Linux. The primary tool used to continue downloading files on a Linux computer is called wget and can be obtained for Windows using the information below. If a Chrome download has been cancelled for some reason you can continue downloading the file using wget as explained below. I am surprised there is not a extension that provides a resume feature yet however I imagine one will be coming along in the near future.
Resume Google Chrome Download On Windows:
- Install Wget On Windows: First you will need to install wget on Windows which can be done either by downloading and installing wget by itself or by installing wget with Cygwin. My personal preference is installing Cygwin and selecting wget as one of the packages. Install Cygwin and add it to your environment PATH as noted in this article but don’t forget to select wget to be installed as well. If you prefer to install just install wget you can download the wget-1.11.4-1-setup.exe file. Please note that the ls, mv, and wget commands used below are all installed via Cygwin so that would be the recommended method.
- Open Command Prompt Or Similar: In this example we use a Command Prompt called Console2 as it allows for tabbed Command Prompts on Windows 7. Simply launch a Command Prompt as shown in the below example image of Console2.
- Locate crdownload File: Now locate the crdownload file that represents a partial download via the Google Chrome browser. In the Console2 or Command Prompt window change into the proper directory such as the below example.
- C:\>cd downloads
- Rename crdownload File: Now we want to simply remove the .crdownload ending so we can resume the initial download in the next step. In this example we use the mv command that was installed with Cygwin however you could also use the Windows rename command as well.
- C:\downloads>ls -alh | grep crdownload
- -rwx------+ 1 Administrators None 1.8G Feb 13 23:01 bt4-r2.iso.crdownload
- C:\downloads>mv bt4-r2.iso.crdownload bt4-r2.iso
Please note that the original file being downloaded, which happens to be the Backtrack 4 Release 2 ISO, was named bt4-r2.iso and the crdownload file ending was added by Google Chrome to represent a file that is not completely downloaded. After modifying the filename we are back to have a bt4-r2.iso named file however the file is not complete so you must continue to the below step to continue.
- Resume Chrome Download: Here is the part that I have yet to see documented for Windows where we can continue downloading the file using the wget command. The –continue switch for wget will allow you to continue downloading a file that has not finished downloading. You will need to obtain the entire URL to use in the below command and issue the wget command where the partial file is located.
- wget --continue http://ftp.halifax.rwth-aachen.de/backtrack/bt4-r2.iso
The below image shows a screen capture of the download process resuming for the bt4-r2.iso file.
Now all you have to do is wait for the wget command to complete and the file will be complete. If you are downloading large files in Google Chrome when an issue arises then the download will be cancelled with no easy way to continue the download. While the above steps require a bit of work to get going the first time you will thank yourself later when you can resume Google Chrome downloads with ease!