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Mar 1

Firefox Downloads not Working

I ran into some trouble recently where Firefox would simply not download files. If I told it to open them with a specific application, I would get absolutely no feedback until all of a sudden, the file would be downloaded and the application would launch. If I told it to save the file, nothing at all would happen and the file would never download.

After some snooping I found that downloads are stored in a sqlite database called downloads.sqlite in the root of your profile (Instructions for finding your profile).

I opened the database and tried to examine its contents but ran into a problem:

Being a fairly impatient person, I simply deleted the file (CLOSE FIREFOX FIRST!) and started Firefox back up. That fixed the issue entirely.