How to download a file when all you have is a URL

Nice little Mac tip. In a nutshell, copy the URL to the clipboard, then click the downloads icon in the upper-right corner of any Safari window. When the download popup window appears, type command-V (or select Edit > Paste). The file to which the URL points will appear in the downloads list and start its merry way to your computer.

Nice. If this seems a bit confusing (or if you don’t see the download icon in your Safari window), follow the headline link for more step-by-step instructions.

  • Younix

    Or if you’re feeling geeky: > curl -O http://pasteurl

    • JohnA

      Or, if you’re a Perl geek : > lwp-download http://pasteURL

  • Or just use!

  • Russell Albert

    Alternate Tip: copy the URL from wherever, paste the URL into the address bar, hold Option, then press Return. The download will begin automatically.

    I do it all the time by accident, and on purpose. So far as I know, this trick has been around for a while, at least since 10.2 or 10.3.

    • I was about to post this. This has been around for a while now.

  • Billy Razzle

    This used to be much easier before Apple changed the downloads window to a popover.