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I was trying to download my images from a website but got disconnected. Now I have few files sitting on my mac with names as:

Camera Roll.zip-2.download (150 MB) OneDrive-2018-06-07.zip.download (875 MB)

The file kind showing on the File Finder is Safari Download.

  • I tried moving them to windows and removing the .download extension but it ain't working.

  • I am unable to change the extensions on the mac. When I hit enter, unlike other files which allow you to edit the name of the file or the extension, these .download files have no impact. Entering enter doesn't allow edit. I then did Get Info. But the field wherein the name is mentioned is uneditable.

Is there anyway I can extract images that were downloaded (if not all) from the above partial downloads ?

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  • Hi, when i hit enter, unlike other files which allow you to edit the name of the file or the extn, these .download files have no impact. Entering enter doesnt allow edit. I then did get info. But the field wherein the name is mentioned is uneditable. – Pratish Sep 9 at 10:33
  • yeah true, just tried. I think in my case, it was a fully downloaded file so it worked. (jut a tip: use @ to notify people. :) ) tour is a good intro for the site! – ankii Sep 9 at 10:42
  • In Terminal, what does the output of the following command look like, what do you see? ls -alR ~/Downloads/*.download – user3439894 Sep 9 at 12:22
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You can't just change the extension on a .download 'file' & expect it to be seen as anything else, because it's not a file, it's a folder - or strictly, Package, like an app or your Photos library etc.

If you right click it & select "Show Package Contents" then you can see inside it - though if it'a a partial file there may simply be nothing to see. tbh, I don't know how it handles the contents internally, but they're not even visible with 'show hidden' switched on.

If you double-click it, or right click, Open, it will attempt to complete the download.

  • tried doing that. but there is no action. The source from where it was downloading is no longer active hence completing the download is out of question. What i was wondering is - since the file has contents in it, is there a software which will allow me to extract the contents? – Pratish Sep 9 at 12:09
  • Somewhere along the way, not sure which version of macOS, Apple made it so Finder could not see the contents of .download files, even if show hidden was turned on; however, one should still be able to see its contents in Terminal or with other GUI File Manager, e.g. muCommander. – user3439894 Sep 9 at 12:43

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