How to automate file downloads

This AI bot template automates file downloads from different types of webpages such as listings, paginated, scrolling, and feed pages. It mimics human clicking in Chrome to save files to a local drive.

# Install the File download bot

To install this File download bot click 'Install template'. If you’re a new user, you’ll have to click 'Install Chrome extension' and create a free Axiom.ai account before you can edit the template.

Once installed, click 'Start'.

Axiom.ai will guide you through the steps you need to configure in the app.

# Configure your File download bot in a minute

  • Step 1.0 - Go to page
    • Enter URL - Click 'Insert Data', select 'google-sheet-data', and choose the column containing the links
  • Step 2.0 - Download Files
    • Select - Point and click to select the files you wish to download
    • Folder - Set a folder to download to
    • File name - Optional
    • Force download - Optional

# Run your File download bot

We suggest running a test first, stopping the bot after a few downloads and checking the files.

# Customize your template

Like all Axiom templates, you can use our no-code bot builder to customize any bot according to your requirements. We have other download file steps you can use that work in the cloud and on desktop. Take a look at the download to Google Drive step. We also have steps to automate screenshots.

# Tips

We recommend you watch the video to troubleshoot.

  • Step 2.0 - Download Files
    • Selectors fail to find content? Try re-selecting or using custom selectors
    • Files do not download? Check the folder permission on your computer
    • Does the file open in a window? This is a default browser behavior. We cannot override it, but there is a workaround. You can create a Chrome Profile and change the default behaviour for the profile. (opens new window)

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Learn how to create a bot from scratch to download files from a website by clicking here.

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