The Mysterious "Download Folder"

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Mr. Monsieur, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. Mr. Monsieur macrumors 6502

    Apr 21, 2004
    Well...mysterious to me, in any case...

    Can anyone tell me *where* exactly downloaded files are located? I go to the Downloads Folder to find them, but it doesn't let me manage the files there; I'm guessing there's some default place the files are placed, and that the Downloads Folder simply helps in the short term...

    Any insights would be much appreciated!
  2. iwuzbord macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2008
    New York City
    it depends on what app youre downloading from.
    safari has its default set to downloading files to the downloads folder in your home folder.

    what app are you using when experiencing this?
  3. zachsilvey macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2008
    Battle Ground
    i think that firefox defaults to the desktop

    if you are using save as, the default folder is the last folder you saved to

    if it is something like itunes the default folder is the iTunes folder under music
  4. NeoMayhem macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2003
    Safari and most other apps download to ~/Downloads. You can do whatever you want from the files from there. You can also change the download folder in apps like transmission, firefox and safari.
  5. gangst macrumors 6502a

    Dec 27, 2004
    Safari uses the 'Downloads' folder

    Macintosh HD > Users > yourself > Downloads
  6. Mr. Monsieur thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 21, 2004

    OK...I see where the issue is...I am trying to do file management from within the Documents folder (for example, I click on the "Today" button, to see just today's downloads, and it doesn't let me create a folder at that point...which is what I was wanting to do...)
    The files come via various this case, I was using Fetch...

    Thanks, folks!

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