.PARTIAL File Extension

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

Internet Explorer Partially Downloaded File

Internet Explorer Partially Downloaded File
  • Developer Microsoft
  • Popularity
    4.5 (205 votes)
  • Category Misc Files
  • Format Binary

A PARTIAL file is a partially downloaded file created by Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) or later. It saves the contents of a file as it is being downloaded. PARTIAL files mark the download as incomplete and enable downloads to be resumed.

You can resume partial downloads by double-clicking the PARTIAL file. When opened, IE displays the View Downloads window, which shows the list of complete and incomplete downloads. From this window, you can click the Resume button to resume the download.

IE creates PARTIAL filenames by appending a compound file extension containing a generated code and the ".partial" extension. For example, myfile.zip.owxpco0.partial is an example filename in which IE9 appends the ".owxpco0.partial" compound extension to the original filename myfile.zip. When IE9 downloads are complete, the browser removes the appended extension from the filename, leaving only the original filename.

NOTE: Generally, PARTIAL files are unusable until IE finishes the download. However, it is possible that some files, such as videos or music files, can be played partially even if the download is incomplete.

Software's name License Platforms
Microsoft Internet Explorer Microsoft Internet Explorer Freeware MacWindows

Updated: November 15, 2016

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