.PART File Extension

There is only one file type that uses the .PART extension:

Partially Downloaded File

Partially Downloaded File

A PART file is a partially downloaded file from the Internet used for downloads that are in progress or have been stopped. Some PART files can be resumed at a later time using the same program that started the download. PART files are typically used by Mozilla Firefox and several file transfer programs, such as Go!Zilla, eMule, and the discontinued eDonkey program.

When downloading a file with Firefox, the web browser creates a PART file in the "Downloads" folder on your computer. You may see the PART file if the file is currently downloading or if the download was interrupted before completion. A download interruption could be due to a lost Internet connection, the Firefox browser or computer crashing, or to you pausing the download.

As Firefox downloads the file, the program creates a PART file to store the data being downloaded. Firefox replaces the name of the file with a string of characters and appends the .part extension to the extension of the file. For example, the file example.mov would have the name ZT5KR1EL.mov.part when it is being downloaded. Once the download is complete, Firefox removes the .part extension and the file is ready to be used.

You may also encounter PART files when using Skype on a Mac. If a PART file keeps reappearing while using the program, move the file to the trash and make sure it's the only file in the trash. Then, right-click the "Trash" icon, hold the "Command" key, select Secure Empty Trash, and verify that the trash is empty. Now, when you reopen Skype, the PART file should no longer reappear.

You may be able to open interrupted Firefox download files even though they are incomplete. Simply delete the .part extension then attempt to open it with the appropriate program. Several audio and video file types, including .MP4, can still be played by a media player if they are not yet fully downloaded. However, these incomplete files will only contain portions of the file.

If you are unable to open the file, go to the "Downloads" section in Firefox, select "Show All Downloads," and click the "Reload" arrow icon next to the incomplete file to resume the download. If this option is unavailable for your download, you can delete the PART file and download the file again. If you cannot resume the download, delete the PART file and re-download the file again.

Software's name License Platforms
Apple Safari Apple Safari Bundled iOSMacWindows
Free Download Manager Free Download Manager Free AndroidLinuxMacWindows
Headlight Go!Zilla Headlight Go!Zilla Free Trial Windows
JDownloader JDownloader Open Source LinuxMacWindows
Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox Open Source AndroidChrome OSiOSLinuxMacWebWindows
Skype Skype Freeware LinuxMacWindows
zsync zsync Free Linux

Updated: April 26, 2020

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