The show() function of the downloads API shows the downloaded file in its containing folder in the underlying platform's file manager.

This is an asynchronous function that returns a Promise.


var showing =
  downloadId             // integer


An integer representing the ID of the DownloadItem to show.

Return value

A Promise. If the request succeeds, the promise will be fulfilled with a boolean about whether the request was successful. If the request fails, the promise will be rejected with an error message.

Browser compatibility

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This example shows the most recently downloaded item:

function onShowing(success) {
  console.log(`Showing download item: ${success}`);

function onError(error) {
  console.log(`Error opening item: ${error}`);

function openDownload(downloadItems) {
    if (downloadItems.length > 0) {
      latestDownloadId = downloadItems[0].id;
      var showing =;
      showing.then(onShowing, onError);

var searching ={
  limit: 1,
  orderBy: ["-startTime"]

searching.then(openDownload, onError);

This API is based on Chromium's chrome.downloads API.

Microsoft Edge compatibility data is supplied by Microsoft Corporation and is included here under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.