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How to preview a partial downloaded video in IDM

If you are downloading any video from IDM without previewing it. Or you have a doubt about the authenticity of any video. Then this trick will help you in previewing a partial downloaded video in IDM. Follow the method below.

preview a partial downloaded video in IDM

Trick to preview a partial downloaded video in IDM

This trick is very simple follow each step provided below.

STEP 1:  Start the downloading of video file through IDM. Now go to the IDM panel and click on the “Option” in the panel as shown below.

preview a partial downloaded video in IDM
Preview a partial downloaded video in IDM

STEP 2:  On clicking “Options configuration dialog box will appear as shown below. Select the “Save to” option from the dialog box.

preview a partial downloaded video in IDM

STEP 3: Now in the save to dialog select the address from the “Temporary directory” and copy it by right clicking or by pressing “CTRL + C” as shown below.

preview a partial downloaded video in IDM

STEP 4: After that go to File Explorer (My computer) and in the address bar paste the copied address. Make sure you first delete the present address and paste the address. Press enter after pasting. See image below.

STEP 5:  You will see the IDM folder after pressing enter. In that IDM folder, Go to DwnlData folder. You will see a folder with the username of your PC. Inside that folder several different folders or only one folder will be present. See image below.

Folders inside it

STEP 6:  Here you will see the different folders that are temporary. Now see the name of the file you are downloading and match it with the temporary folder name. If no match is found with the file name then see the URL and match it with URL. See image below.

STEP 7: Now the last step. Go inside the folder that matches the file name which is downloading. Now inside that folder you will see a file with .log extension, we don’t need that file. You will also notice many other files which don’t have any extensions. Just double click on first file that is without extension. See image below.

It will ask you to open this file with the some software. I use VLC to play files so I selected the VLC and the preview started. You can select any other video player to preview the video. The preview will last for few seconds or minutes. It depend on the data which is downloaded till now. See image below.

preview a partial downloaded video in IDM


Note: Remember that the first file in that folder will work. No other file will work. So preview using the first file only.

 Also read: Ways to resume Broken/Expired Downloaded File in IDM

So this was the step by step guide to preview a partial downloaded video in IDM.

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