||BrowserDownloadsView v1.45 - View downloads of Chrome and Firefox
Copyright (c) 2019 - 2023 Nir Sofer
BrowserDownloadsView is a tool for Windows that displays the details of downloaded files of Chrome and Firefox Web browsers.
For every download, the following information is displayed: Filename, Download URL, Web Page URL, Start Time, End Time, Download Duration, Download Size, Web Browser, and more...
BrowserDownloadsView allows you to load the downloads list from your current running system (your user or all user profiles), from remote computer on your network , and from external hard drive.
After BrowserDownloadsView loads the downloads list, you can select one or more downloads and then export them to comma-delimited/tab-delimited/html5/xml/JSON file or calculate the MD5/SHA1/SHA256/SHA512 hash of the downloaded files.
This tool works on any version of Windows, starting from Windows XP and up to Windows 11. Both 32-bit and 64-bit system are supported.
It works with Chrome, Firefox, and other Web browsers based on these Web browsers (SeaMonkey, Opera, Yandex, Vivaldi, Brave, Chromium-Based Edge).
It doesn't show the files downloaded when the Web browser was in private mode, because in private mode the details of downloaded files are not saved to the database.
- Version 1.45
- Added 'Black Background' option (Under the View menu). When it's turned on, the main table is displayed in black background and white text, instead of default system colors.
- Added 'Full Screen' mode (View -> Full Screen or F11 key).
- Version 1.44
- Added 'Sort By' dropdown to the toolbar.
- Version 1.43
- Added 'Server Modified Time' column, which displays the timestamp of downloaded file on the Web server. This column is available only
for Web browsers based on Chrome.
- Fixed the quick-filter text-box to copy to the clipboard when pressing Ctrl+C.
- Version 1.42
- Added /Columns command-line option, which allows you to set the columns to display or the columns to export from command-line, for example:
BrowserDownloadsView.exe /Columns "Full Path Filename,Download URL 1,Download Size,Start Time,Web Browser"
- Version 1.41
- Explorer context menu inside BrowserDownloadsView: When you right-click on a single item while holding down the shift key, BrowserDownloadsView now displays the context menu of Windows Explorer, instead of the BrowserDownloadsView context menu. This feature only works for existing downloaded files.
- Version 1.40
- Added 'Open Filename Folder' to the 'Double-Click Action' and 'Enter Action' options.
- Version 1.39
- Added 'Copy Clicked Cell' option to the right-click context menu, which copies to the clipboard the text of cell that you right-clicked with the mouse.
- Version 1.38
- Added option to change the sorting column from the menu (View -> Sort By). Like the column header click sorting, if you click again the same sorting menu item, it'll switch between ascending and descending order. Also, if you hold down the shift key while choosing the sort menu item, you'll get a secondary sorting.
- Version 1.37
- Fixed issue with downloads of Chrome Web browser: In previous versions, when there was a download item with multiple URLs, every URL was displayed as separate download item.
Now it's displayed as one download item, and there are 3 URL columns to display multiple URLs (Download URL 1, Download URL 2, Download URL 3).
- Version 1.36
- Added support for Waterfox and Pale Moon Web browsers.
- Version 1.35
- The bottom status bar now displays the total size of the selected downloads.
- Fixed some high DPI mode issues.
- Version 1.33
- Added 'File Size Unit' to set the unit for the 'Download Size' and 'File Size' columns: Bytes, kB, KiB, MB, MiB, GB, GiB, or Automatic.
- Added support for Brave Web browser.
- Version 1.32
- Added 'Start As Hidden' option. When this option and 'Put Icon On Tray' option are turned on, the main window of BrowserDownloadsView will be invisible on start.
- Version 1.31
- Added 'Add Header Line To CSV/Tab-Delimited File' option (Turned on by default).
- Version 1.30
- You can now use any variable inside the .cfg file in order to set the configuration from command line, for example:
BrowserDownloadsView.exe /DownloadsSource 5 /ComputerName 192.168.0.50
- Version 1.25
- Added 'File Exists' column, which tells you whether the downloaded file still exists on your drive (This feature works only for local drive).
- Added 'File Size' column, which displays the actual size of the downloaded file on your drive (This feature works only for local drive).
- Version 1.20
- Added 'Save All Items' option (Shift+Ctrl+S).
- Added /cfg command-line option to start BrowserDownloadsView with the specified config file.
- Version 1.18
- Fixed all filename options (MD5/SHA1/SHA256/SHA512 hash, Open/Run Selected Filename, Open Filename Folder) to work properly when connecting a remote computer.
- When choosing to view the downloads on remote computer or on another profile, the remote computer name/profile path is now displayed in the window title.
- Version 1.17
- Added 'File Properties' option, which displays the file-properties window for the selected file.
- Added 'Open File Properties' to the 'Double-Click Action' and 'Enter Action' option.
- Version 1.16
- Added 'Show Time In GMT' option.
- Version 1.15
- Added option to view the Web browser downloads only in the specified date/time range or in the last xx days/hours/minutes/seconds.
- Version 1.10
- Added option to choose another font (name and size) to display in the main window.
- Added 'Select All' and 'Deselect All' to the 'Column Settings' window.
- Version 1.05
- Added 'Double-Click Action' option, which allows you to choose what to do when you double-click a download item with the mouse: None, Open Properties Window, Open/Run Selected Filename, Open Selected File With, Open Selected Download URL, Open Selected Web Page.
- Added 'Enter Action' option, which allows you to choose what to do when you press the Enter key: None, Open Properties Window, Open/Run Selected Filename, Open Selected File With, Open Selected Download URL, Open Selected Web Page.
- You can now copy downloaded files by dragging them from the main window of BrowserDownloadsView into a folder on Windows Explorer.
- Version 1.00 - First release.
Start Using BrowserDownloadsView
BrowserDownloadsView doesn't require any installation process or additional DLL files. In order to start using it, simply run the executable file - BrowserDownloadsView.exe
After running BrowserDownloadsView, it loads the list of downloads from your Firefox and Chrome Web browsers and displays it in the main window.
If you want to view the Web browser downloads from other sources, simply press F9 ('Advanced Options') and choose the data source to load.
Generate MD5 / SHA1 / SHA256 / SHA512 hash of downloaded files
BrowserDownloadsView allows you to easily generate MD5/SHA1/SHA256/SHA512 hash of the files you downloaded from your Chrome/Firefox Web browser, so you'll be able to compare it with the hash provided on the web page and verify that the downloaded file is ok.
In order to generate MD5/SHA1/SHA256/SHA512 Hash of downloaded file, simply select one or more files in the main window of BrowserDownloadsView, right-click with the mouse, and then choose
one of the hash menu items: MD5 Hash, SHA1 Hash, SHA256 Hash, or SHA512 Hash.
BrowserDownloadsView will calculate the hash you choose, and the hash will be displayed under the 'Hash' column.
After the hashes are generated, you can press Ctrl+H (Copy Hashes) in order to copy the generated hashes of the selected downloads into the clipboard.
Be aware that this feature works only when the downloaded file still exists on your file system.
Export Web browser downloads list
In order to export the Chrome / Firefox downloads list into a file, simply select one or more files in the main window (or press Ctrl+A to select all items), press Ctrl+S (Save Selected Items) and then
in the save dialog-box choose the type of file to export (Text File, Tab Delimited Text File, JSON File, HTML File - Horizontal, HTML File - Vertical, XML File, or Comma Delimited Text File),
type the filename to save, and then click the Save button.
Optionally, you can also press Ctrl+C (Copy Selected Items) to copy the downloads list as tab-delimited format, and then paste the downloads list into Excel or other spreadsheet application.
Copy downloaded files to another folder
If you want to copy the files you downloaded with Chrome or Firefox into another folder, simply select the files you want to copy, press Ctrl+E (Explorer Copy), and then open the folder you want to copy to files on Windows Explorer and
press Ctrl+V (paste).
Check downloaded file in VirusTotal Web site
BrowserDownloadsView allows you to easily check the file you downloaded in VirusTotal Web site. It automatically calculates the SHA256 hash of the downloaded file, and then opens your default Web browser with the correct URL.
This feature will work only for popular downloads when other people have already updated the file to VirusTotal.
In order to open the downloaded file in VirusTotal Web site, simply right-click on the file, and choose the 'Open File In VirusTotal Web Site' item from the context menu.
Be Aware !! Many people mistakenly think that if VirusTotal shows multiple detections for a file - then the file is probably infected, but this assumption is incorrect.
First... Antivirus engines have many false positive problems, and statistically many downloaded files have 1 - 10 detections on VirusTotal without any reason.
Also, if you download a powerful tool that allows you to easily extract passwords or other sensitive information (Like some of the tool you can find in NirSoft Web site) , you might see many alerts in VirusTotal - simply because Antivirus companies classify any software that can be used
for malicious purpose as a threat, even when the software itself will not cause any harm to the user.
- Open Selected Download URL: Open the URL of the downloaded file with your default Web browser.
- Open Selected Web Page: Open the Web page where the file was downloaded with your default Web browser.
- Open/Run Selected Filename: Open or run the selected download, according to its file type. If it's .exe file, BrowserDownloadsView will run it. If it's other file type (.zip, .pdf)
BrowserDownloadsView will open the file with the default application for this file type.
- Open Selected File With: Similar to 'Open/Run Selected Filename' action, but allows you to select the application to open file.
- Open Filename Folder: Open the folder where the download is located in Windows Explorer.
In the 'Advanced Options' window, you can choose to load the Web browser download lists from other sources.
You can open the 'Advanced Options' windows by pressing F9.
Here's the list of options you have in the 'Load downloads from' combo-box:
- Load downloads from the current running system (All users):
Load the downloads list from all user profiles on your system. Read permission to the profile folders under C:\Users is required.
- Load downloads from the current running system (Only current user):
Load the downloads list of the user that runs the BrowserDownloadsView tool.
- Load downloads from the specified profiles folder:
Load the downloads list from external profiles folder (For example: K:\Users )
- Load downloads from the specified profile:
Load the downloads list from external profile folder (For example: K:\Users\User01 )
- Load downloads from remote computer:
Load the downloads list from the specified remote computer. This option requires access to admin share on the remote computer (e.g: \\192.168.0.100\C$ )
- Load downloads from the specified Web browser profile folders:
Load the downloads list from the specified Chrome and Firefox profiles. You can specify multiple profiles as comma-delimited list.
Example for Chrome profile: C:\Users\user5\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
Example for Firefox profile: C:\Users\user5\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\adespdcy.default
Start BrowserDownloadsView with the specified configuration file.
BrowserDownloadsView.exe /cfg "c:\config\bdv.cfg"
/DownloadsSource [1 - 6]
/DownloadTimeFilterType [1 - 8]
You can use any variable inside the .cfg file in order to set the configuration from command line, here's some examples:
Load the list of Web browser downloads from remote computer 192.168.0.100:
BrowserDownloadsView.exe /DownloadsSource 5 /ComputerName 192.168.0.100
Load the list of Web browser downloads from the last 5 hours:
BrowserDownloadsView.exe /DownloadTimeFilterType 4 /DownloadTimeFilterValue 5
Load the list of Web browser downloads from K:\Users folder
BrowserDownloadsView.exe /DownloadsSource 3 /SourceFolder "K:\Users"
Save the Web browser download list to a simple text file.
Save the Web browser download list to a tab-delimited text file.
Save the Web browser download list to a comma-delimited text file (csv).
Save the Web browser download list to HTML5 file (Horizontal).
Save the Web browser download list to HTML5 file (Vertical).
Save the Web browser download list to XML file.
Save the Web browser download list to JSON file.
This command-line option can be used with other save options for sorting by the desired column. The <column> parameter can specify the column index (0 for the first column, 1 for the second column, and so on) or the name of the column, like "Download URL" and "Filename". You can specify the '~' prefix character (e.g: "~Start Time") if you want to sort in descending order. You can put multiple /sort in the command-line if you want to sort by multiple columns.
/Columns <Comma Delimited Columns List>
Allows you to set the columns to display or the columns to export from command-line.
You have to specify the column names, delimited by comma, for example:
BrowserDownloadsView.exe /scomma c:\temp\web-browser-downloads-list.csv /Columns "Full Path Filename,Download URL 1,Download Size,Start Time,Web Browser"
You can also specify the column names without space characters, for example:
BrowserDownloadsView.exe /Columns "FullPathFilename,DownloadURL1,DownloadSize,StartTime,WebBrowser"
Translating BrowserDownloadsView to other languages
In order to translate BrowserDownloadsView to other language, follow the instructions below:
- Run BrowserDownloadsView with /savelangfile parameter:
A file named BrowserDownloadsView_lng.ini will be created in the folder of BrowserDownloadsView utility.
- Open the created language file in Notepad or in any other text editor.
- Translate all string entries to the desired language.
Optionally, you can also add your name and/or a link to your Web site.
(TranslatorName and TranslatorURL values) If you add this information, it'll be
used in the 'About' window.
- After you finish the translation, Run BrowserDownloadsView, and all translated
strings will be loaded from the language file.
If you want to run BrowserDownloadsView without the translation, simply rename the language file, or move
it to another folder.
This utility is released as freeware.
You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via CD-ROM, DVD,
Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this and you don't
sell it or distribute it as a part of commercial product.
If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in
the distribution package, without any modification !
The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied,
including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness
for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental,
consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.
If you have any problem, suggestion, comment, or you found a bug in my utility,
you can send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
BrowserDownloadsView is also available in other languages. In order to change the language of
BrowserDownloadsView, download the appropriate language zip file, extract the 'browserdownloadsview_lng.ini',
and put it in the same folder that you Installed BrowserDownloadsView utility.