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getting rid of a .crdownload file on mac?

May 9, 2011 at 22:12:45
Specs: Macintosh
I downloaded a picture and when it got to my desktop there was the picture and then a file with the same name but it had a .crdownload attached to the end. It wont let me do anything at all with the file. I can't even move it. Please help.

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May 10, 2011 at 11:10:09
Welcome to the Mac forum! :)

Do you really want this picture? If so, try re-downloading the file, or check the download manager in Google Chrome--what has happened is that the Chrome browser adds .crdownload to the file to denote it is not complete. When it finishes, the .crdownload extension should disappear.

Now, if you don't want this picture, and you want it to really disappear, this issue is not all that big--but it *will* require your use of the command line for a second. Before we do that, open Chrome and clear the downloads list completely. Cancel any running downloads, and quit Chrome. When you're finished, press Cmd+Space to invoke Spotlight. Type term and press return when Terminal is highlighted.

In Terminal, commands you'll type I'll note in bold. Type sudo -s. Now, type your password. No characters will show up to keep your password secure. Press return. Type ls and press return. You should see your home directory's contents, like Desktop, for instance. Now, type cd Desktop and press return.

And finally, we wrap up with three commands. If your download was called picture.crdownload, I'd type rm -rd picture.crdownload and press return. Substitute picture with whatever it was called. Now, type killall Finder and press return. Finder will quit, so that any changes can take effect without you needing to log out. If Finder does not start back up by itself, click Finder in the Dock to start it again. You can now type your final command exit and press return. (Note: You might need to do this last step twice--once for your account and for root.) Go ahead and from the Terminal menu, Quit Terminal.

Congratulations--you're done! :) Let me know how this worked out for you, if you have more questions, or anything you'd wish to comment on regarding this issue. Thank you for allowing me to assist you.

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September 6, 2011 at 23:35:46
So what if the foo.crdownload file isn't actually *in* the Desktop folder when you go to find it in Terminal?

I've got 3 files on my Desktop. Two folders and this idiot .crdownload file. But when I go to the Desktop directory, as root, and do ls -al, I see the two folders, but *not* the .crdownload file.

It's driving me nuts. Anyone have any ideas?

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October 25, 2011 at 08:19:51
'killall Finder' did it for me.

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