Resume a download started by firefox with wget

There is many situations where it can be useful to resume an unfinished download started by Mozilla Firefox. This is easily feasible by using the wget command and the .part file of a paused download.

Partial download from Firefox

When Firefox start a download, it create 2 files:

$ ls -lh
total 404K
-rw------- 1 user user    0  7 Feb.  12:12 document.pdf
-rw------- 1 user user 403K  7 Feb.  12:12 document.pdf.part

Here the document.pdf file is empty while the document.pdf.part file is a temporary file which gradually receive data. When the download is finished, the file document.pdf.part will become document.pdf.

Resume the dowload without Firefox

To resume the download outside Firefox, we first have to rename document.pdf.part to document.pdf:

$ mv -v document.pdf.part document.pdf
« document.pdf.part » -> « document.pdf »

Now, we use the wget command with the initial url of the file with the --continue option:

$ wget --continue
--2011-02-07 14:40:38--
Connecting to||:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 206 Partial Content
Length: 590630 (577K), 178725 (175K) remaining [application/pdf]
Saving to: “document.pdf”

590 630     61,1K/s   ds 2,9s

2010-11-07 14:40:41 (61,1 KB/s) - «document.pdf» saved [590630/590630]

wget will then resume the download.


Voilà! This tip can be very useful when you want to close Firefox but you not want to stop your downloads.