I am frequently downloading large files in my browser (Chrome on Mac). I'd like to be able to shut down my computer and continue the download. Currently, I halt the download, scp the incomplete file over to my RPI, copy the download URL from Chrome://downloads, ssh to my RPI and do wget -c '#url' -O 'file'. Then, next day, I scp the file over. This is kind of too complicated. Is there a simple way (plugin?) to just directly trigger the download on my RPI? Maybe Chrome talking to Chromium?

What i'm doing currently (status quo)

var h=require('http');
var wget = require('node-wget');
var url = require('url');

var server=h.createServer(function (req, res) {

    setTimeout(function () {
      var url_parts = url.parse(req.url, true);
      var query = url_parts.query;
      var u = query.u;
      res.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/plain'});
      res.end(u+' received');
    }, 100);


and 'Custom right-click menu extension for chrome'

var query;
var url = "";
if (crmAPI.getSelection()) {
    query = crmAPI.getSelection();
} else {
    query = window.prompt('Please enter a search query');
if (query) {
    window.open(url.replace(/%s/g,query), '_blank');

1 Answer 1


You can use this script with this plugin https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/downloaders/lfjamigppmepikjlacjdpgjaiojdjhoj/

C:\path\to\ssh.exe [email protected] && cd "/where/to/download" && wget -c --referer="%r" "%u"

You will need to setup up key-based logins with no password on your Pi.

  • will try this. sounds like a good idea :) Commented Apr 22, 2017 at 12:21
  • @user2707001 I only problem I can see is when you try to download a login protected file, in which case you need to download the file manually with this and wget --options --load-cookies="/path/to/cookies.txt" Commented Apr 22, 2017 at 12:30
  • Cannot get the script to work unfortunately. Is there a trick? It just does nothing. Commented Apr 22, 2017 at 13:08
  • @user2707001 try again after doing this: tecmint.com/… Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 15:58
  • that's not the issue; the chrome script doesn't work - it just does nothing. My ssh etc. pp. is just fine Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 20:01

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