Where to find and manage downloaded files in Firefox

Your Downloads panel and Library keep track of files you download while using Firefox. Learn how to manage your files and configure your download settings.

How do I access my downloads?

You can access downloads from your current browsing session by clicking on the Downloads button (the down arrow on your toolbar).

  • The arrow will appear blue Fx57blueDLarrow to let you know there are unviewed downloaded files.
  • During a download, the Downloads button becomes an icon Fx91DownloadProgress that gradually fills with color to show your download's progress. You can click on the download item, even before it's finished downloading; Firefox will open the file immediately once it is available.

Click on the Downloads button to open the Downloads panel.

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The Downloads panel displays your three most recently downloaded files, along with their size and download status.

To see all of your downloads at any time, go to the Library by clicking on Show all downloads at the bottom of the Downloads panel.

Note: Your toolbar does not include a Downloads button when you have no downloads in your current browsing session. You can use the Library 57 library iconmenu Fx89MenuButton button on your toolbar to access previous downloads (see below).

See downloads history

The Library displays information for all of your downloaded files unless you've cleared them from your history. Click the Library 57 library icon button, click Downloads and click Show All Downloads at the bottom of the Downloads panel.Click the Library 57 library icon button and click Downloads from the menu.Click the menu fx89MenuButton button and click Downloads from the menu. The Library window will open, showing a list of your downloaded files.

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Download protection

Before beginning a download, Firefox will attempt to protect you from potentially malicious or unsafe downloads and will block downloads from insecure connections. See the Mozilla Security blog posts Firefox 93 protects against Insecure Downloads, Enhancing Download Protection in Firefox and Improving Malware Detection in Firefox for more information. If something is suspected, the download will not begin, but rather the Downloads panel will display a warning message:

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Potentially malicious downloads are detected using Google Safe Browsing Service. The file name will be displayed along with the warning message,

  • This file contains a virus or malware.

Other files covered under download protection may be potentially unwanted downloads (explained in the Google Policy) that may make unexpected changes to your computer. Or, a download may not be malicious or unwanted, but simply not commonly downloaded. The file name will be displayed with one of these warning messages:

  • This file may harm your computer.
  • This file is not commonly downloaded.

How do I handle unsafe downloads?

When you see a malicious file or other types of potentially unsafe files in the Downloads panel, click on the right-facing arrow to choose what to do with the file. You will be given more information about the type of unsafe file and the option to allow the download or remove it:

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Tip: The (right-click) context menu includes other options for handling any potentially harmful or malicious files listed in the Downloads panel that are pending download:

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For example: Right-clickHold down the control key while you click on one of the potentially unsafe files that are pending download and select Allow Download to save the file to your computer.

How can I manage my downloaded files?

You can check on past downloads at any time. Click on the Downloads button (alternatively, click the Library 57 library iconmenu Fx89MenuButton button and then click Downloads) to open the Downloads panel. The Downloads panel displays your three most recently downloaded files, along with their size, source and download time.

You can manage your files directly in the Downloads panel or in your library. Options will appear to the right of each file during each stage of the download.

  • Pause: You can pause any downloads currently in progress by right-clickingpressing Ctrl and clicking on the file and selecting Pause. When you want to continue downloading the file, right-clickpress Ctrl and click the file entry and select Resume.
  • Cancel fx icon cancel download: If you no longer need to download a file, click the button at the right of the file entry. This button turns into a refresh symbol; click it again to restart your download.
  • Open the file: When a download has finished, you can click on the entry directly to open the file.
  • Open Containing Folder Fx91DownloadsPanel-OpenFolderIcon : Once a file has finished downloading, the icon to the right of the file entry becomes a folder. Click the folder icon to open the folder that contains that file.Show In Finder fx icon Open the file's folder Mac: Once a file has finished downloading, the icon to the right of the file entry becomes a magnifying glass. Click the magnifying glass icon to show that file in the Finder. To set the folder where your downloads go, see Change where downloads are saved, below.
  • Go to Download Page: Right-clickPress Ctrl and click on the file to bring up the menu. Choose this option to visit the webpage where the file came from.
  • Remove the file's entry: If you do not wish to keep a record of a particular download, simply right-clickpress Ctrl and click the file entry, then select Remove From History. This will remove the entry from the list but will not delete the file itself.
  • Retry a Download fx icon retry download 16x16: If for any reason a file does not finish downloading, click the button to the right of the entry - a refresh symbol - to retry.
  • Clear Downloads: Click the Clear Downloads button at the top of the Library window to clear the entire history of downloaded items. This will not delete the downloaded files.

Set Firefox to always open similar files

You can configure Firefox to automatically open similar files by right-clicking a download item in the Downloads panel and selecting Always Open Similar Files from the context menu.

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This will add an entry for that file type to the Applications section of the General panel in Firefox settings, where you can configure how Firefox handles files of that type (see below).

To learn more, see Manage Downloads preferences using the Downloads menu panel.

Change where downloads are saved

File downloads are saved in the folder specified in Firefox OptionsPreferencesSettings . To change that folder:

  1. In the Menu bar at the top of the screen, click Firefox and select Preferences. Click the menu button Fx57Menu and select OptionsPreferences.Click the menu button Fx89menuButton and select Settings.

  2. In the General panel, find the Downloads section under Files and Applications.
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  3. Click the Browse Choosebutton next to the Save files to entry.
  4. Choose the downloads folder you wish to use.

Change download actions for file types

You can change what action Firefox will take for handling downloads for different types of files when you browse the Web, such as opening the file with a specified application or always asking you what to do for that type of file.

  1. In the Menu bar at the top of the screen, click Firefox and select Preferences. Click the menu button Fx57Menu and select OptionsPreferences.Click the menu button Fx89menuButton and select Settings.

  2. In the General panel, scroll down to the Applications section.
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  3. Click on the arrow under the Action column for the file type you wish to change, and select the action you wish to take in the drop-down menu.
    • Note that PDF files are viewed in Firefox by default.Note that some file types (AVIF, XML, PDF, SVG, WebP Image) are opened in Firefox by default.

For more information, see Change what Firefox does when you click on or download a file.

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