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Firefox 3’s Download Manager allows downloads to be paused and resumed across browser sessions. This opens up several options for how to handle active downloads when the browser quits. This preference determines what will happen to files that are downloading when the user quits the browser.

Possible values and their effects


Active downloads will be paused and auto-resumed the next time the browser starts (Default)


Active downloads will be paused


Active downloads will be cancelled


  • Not all servers support resuming downloads.

First checked in

2008-01-26 by Shawn Wilsher (patch by Graeme McCutcheon)

Has an effect in

  • Firefox (nightly builds since 2008-01-26)
  • SeaMonkey 2.0b1 and newer

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