Option to save downloads to specific folder



  • Will we have the option to select a folder to save downloads to? Currently, downloads go to the Downloads folder. Thank you.



  • ATTENTION: This hack is no longer necessary!
    The latest versions of Vivaldi have an option for it under settings -> downloads

    The original message follows:


    It is in, but there is still no UI. How good is your JSON-fu? :D

    Warning! You should not do the following because it is not officially supported and might break things!

    Close Vivaldi. look for the preferences file in your profile/default directory and open it with a text editor.
    Search for "download":
    Yes, with quotes.

    Add/change between the curly brackets:

    "default_directory": "D:\\some\\valid\\path",
    "directory_upgrade": true,
    "prompt_for_download": true
    

    Save it, Start Vivaldi. Try a download and it should ask where to save.

    Hint:
    Linux users should use / in the path as usual, Windows Users need to use \ instead of , e.g. C:\my\downloads

    Hope it helps but don't sue me if not.
    Oh, you will possibly have to repeat this it with every update as the format might change and the file might get overwritten ;)



  • @QuHno

    thanks!



  • @QuHno:

    "prompt_for_download": true

    I know, that not prompting for downloads is the Chromium default brought over to Vivaldi and the preferences dialog isn't there yet, but asking should have been the default until some more sophisticated system is implemented.

    For security reasons I think asking before storing potentially dangerous files on the computer should be the sane default for every browser anyway.


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    @QuHno:

    It is in, but there is still no UI. How good is your JSON-fu? :D

    Warning! You should not do the following because it is not officially supported and might break things!

    Close Vivaldi. look for the preferences file in your profile/default directory and open it with a text editor.
    Search for "download":
    Yes, with quotes.

    Add/change between the curly brackets:

    "default_directory": "D:\\some\\valid\\path",
    "directory_upgrade": true,
    "prompt_for_download": true
    

    Save it, Start Vivaldi. Try a download and it should ask where to save.

    Hint:
    Linux users should use / in the path as usual, Windows Users need to use \ instead of , e.g. C:\my\downloads

    Hope it helps but don't sue me if not.
    Oh, you will possibly have to repeat this it with every update as the format might change and the file might get overwritten ;)

    Thanks a lot, it works fine. ;)



  • @Folgore101:

    … it works fine.

    Yep, confirmed for Win 8.1. Thanks for help. :)

    someone


  • Vivaldi Translator

    since it was so easy to add I hope Vivaldi team will implement it soon :whistle: With a more time consumer when implementing - an option to disable this feature.

    It's one of the most wanted features by me since I use to store different type of files in different folders and moving it after is wasting of (my) time…



  • Works as described - Win 7 x64.

    This is one of the preferences I have been looking forward to getting. It is help like this from the Vivaldi Community that reminds me of the early Opera group, some Canon dslr groups I belonged to years ago and Suzuki motorcycle communities. Problems or features are missing and members of the groups find solutions and share them.

    Thanks for helping.



  • @QuHno:

    … Save it, Start Vivaldi. Try a download and it should ask where to save. ...

    It works beautifully on my Win7-64 SP1 system. Thanks so much!



  • Thanks. This has been bugging me. :)



  • It works for me on Win7 64 if I only use "prompt_for_download": true; otherwise, Vivaldi complains that the preferences file is corrupt. :)



  • @vidmpnw:

    otherwise, Vivaldi complains that the preferences file is corrupt. :)

    I've experienced the same. The bruteforce way helped over here, the lines got accepted after several trials.

    Q: you have escaped the backslashes in the download path ("aDriveLetter:*\browser**\Vivaldi***\downloads")?

    someone



  • i do not have "download" anywhere in my preferences file??



  • "download' is at line 42 in my preferences file.



  • @user_unknown:

    "download' is at line 42 in my preferences file.

    Saving to a preference file is a waste of time for some of us. I have 8 HDD and they hold different things so depending on what I'm downloading is dependent on where I save a file. Saving to C: will give my SSD a half life.

    I have already requested this issue be fixed and I hope it will be. They need a let me chose where to save my file. Until that is added I cannot even consider using this as my default Browser.

    They also need a "paste and go" when you paste a link in the address bar. Another option I cannot live without.



  • i doubt anyone uses it as default browser at this stage. this is just a tech preview.
    this solution that QuHno gave to us is just a workaround until it's added as official option.


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    @user_unknown:

    i doubt anyone uses it as default browser at this stage. this is just a tech preview.
    this solution that QuHno gave to us is just a workaround until it's added as official option.

    "i doubt anyone uses it as default browser at this stage." Heh, heh. Speak for yourself…



  • We do need it! Posted reason on Developer download blog. I don't know yet exactly WHERE to put REQUESTS, opinions of new programs etc.



  • @Ayespy:

    @user_unknown:

    i doubt anyone uses it as default browser at this stage. this is just a tech preview.
    this solution that QuHno gave to us is just a workaround until it's added as official option.

    "i doubt anyone uses it as default browser at this stage." Heh, heh. Speak for yourself…

    Another is me. :) Vivaldi is good now and I suspect will be seriously better 6 months from now.



  • @user_unknown:

    … this solution that QuHno gave to us is just a workaround until it's added as official option.

    Unfortunately, @QueHno's solution doesn't fully work on my stand-alone install. In trying to download a file, the "fix" indeed causes a pop-up to appear to offer me a choice to save to the folder location I coded via QueHno's solution… when I tell it to go ahead, the download commences and finally completes (according to the download manager), but the file isn't in the designated folder - nor anywhere else on the system or its drives, even after a full file search. Actually, this inability to find or create a downloaded file has been present since the initial TP version was installed stand-alone here. On several occasions, both before and since employing QueHno's solution, I've observed a partial download filename occurring in the appropriate folder with a .crx or .crr (or something similar) extension, but it disappears immediately after the download "ends" and is never replaced with any filename, either in that folder or anywhere else on the system. As a result, I still have to do all my downloading via Firefox.


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