Chrome: How to Get Full File Download URLs or Link
If you need to figure out the full file download link when downloading a file via Google Chrome in your personal computer, then the way to figure it out is using the chrome://downloads page. This special chrome page lists all the recent downloads from your history. Using the list, you can figure out the full URL which you can use for other purposes. When you download a file, you can see it in progress at the bottom of your browser but that progress indicator does not provide you the direct link to download the file.
When you figure out the direct URL, you can use it to download the file via other programs or download managers. This is especially helpful if you want the awesome features of download managers like pausing and continuing downloads some other day. Chrome download manager is not powerful like the software developed specially for downloading. So you may want to skip Chrome from downloading the files and use something like Internet Download Manager instead. It’s useful for getting large files from the internet.
Here are the three steps you need to follow to figure out the full file download URL in Google Chrome:
- Start a file download normally from Chrome and you will see the progress in the bottom of the browser.
- Type chrome://downloads/ in your address bar or press CTRL + J hotkey/shortcut.
You will see your download progress and the URL which you can copy.
- If the URL is truncated, right click on the long link (below the file name) and click on copy link address.
The download link or URL will be copied to your clipboard.
After getting this download link, you can use it to start a new download using your favorite download manager. You can also share the link to your friends, if that is what you were looking to do. This is just a simple and handy way to get the downloading file’s full link. This chrome://downloads feature is not available in the Google Chrome browser for mobile devices.