Download a file

To save a file or image on your computer or device, download it. The file will be saved in your default download location.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. Go to the site where you want to download the file.
  3. Save the file:
    • Most files: Click the download link. You can also right-click on the file and choose Save as.
    • Images: Right-click on the image and choose Save image as.
    • Videos: Point to the video. Click Download . If you can't do this action, the video's owner or hosting site has prevented downloads.
    • PDFs: Right-click on the file and choose Save link as.
    • Web pages: At the top right, click More More and then More tools and then Save page as.
  4. If asked, choose where you want to save the file, then click Save.
    • Executable files (.exe, .dll, .bat): If you trust the file, click Save. If you're not sure about the contents of the download, click Discard.
  5. When you begin a download, a Download in progress icon  appears at the top right next to the address bar. Once the download completes, the Download tray opens.
  6. To open your file, click Open new .
    • You can also click the file to open it.
Tips:
  • To show extra actions like Show in folder , point to the filename.
  • If you download a file, or if you've recently downloaded a file, the Download tray will appear. Recently downloaded files will appear to the right of the address bar.
  • To view all downloads if the Download tray isn't present to the right of the address bar, click More and then Downloads.
  • You can drag a downloaded file to another folder, program or website. To move a downloaded file, in the Download tray , click the file and drag it to the target location.

Learn how to fix file download errors.

Change your default download permissions
You can choose to allow sites that you visit to download related files together.
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. Click Privacy and security and then Site settings.
  4. Click Additional permissions and then Automatic downloads.
  5. Choose the option that you want as your default setting.
Pause or cancel a download
  1. At the top right, find the file download to pause or cancel.
  2. Point to the filename.
  3. Click Pause , Resume or Cancel.
Find a list of files that you've downloaded
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Downloads.
    • To open a file, click its name. It will open in your computer's default application for the file type.
    • To remove a download from your history, to the right of the file, click Remove Remove. The file will be removed from your Downloads page on Chrome, not from your computer.
Change default PDF download permissions
You can choose whether PDFs download or open in Chrome when you visit a site.
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. Click Privacy and security and then Site settings.
  4. Click Additional content settings and then PDF documents.
  5. Choose the option that you want as your default setting.
Download an edited PDF

You can edit a PDF online then save the edited version to your computer.

  1. Go to an online PDF form.
  2. Type in the PDF form.
  3. Select Download and then Edited.

Tip: You can open the edited PDF that you saved and continue editing.

Change download locations

You can choose a location on your computer where downloads should be saved by default or pick a specific destination for each download.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings and then Downloads.
  3. Adjust your download settings:
    • To change the default download location, click Change and select where to save your files.
    • If you'd rather choose a specific location for each download, turn on Ask where to save each file before downloading.
Default download locations

If you didn't change your default download location, then Google Chrome downloads files to the following locations:

  • Windows 10 and up: \Users\<username>\Downloads
  • Mac: /Users/<username>/Downloads
  • Linux: /home/<username>/Downloads

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