How to Use Steam to Download Files from the Internet

Downloading files from the Internet through Steam is easy and you will learn how to do it in this guide.


Steam is a huge gaming platform and the games download manager is robust and fast. Did you know that you can use Steam’s download manager again to download something from a URL?


Let’s take a look at this feature.


Enable Steam Client Console

All of this is done through the Steam Client Console, an advanced developer feature. The fastest way to access the Steam Client Console on a Windows computer is as follows.

First touch the Win + R buttons to open the Run program. Then type the following text string and press Enter:

 steam://open/console

If you’re having trouble with this method, check out our guide on other ways to open the Windows Run command window.

Steam should open immediately and a new tab will be available in the main screen simply titled To console.

There’s a lot you can do with this console, so be careful not to enter commands you’re not sure about. We’re going to do something relatively simple with it.

Using Steam Client Console

If you have a technical background or even customize games, you are familiar with a developer console.

A quick example of something you can do with the developer console on Steam is the Open order. Type Open followed by a URL to a website. We use google.com.

The website will now open in the Steam web browser. You probably won’t be using Steam to browse the web, though, so let’s download something with it.

Download files from any website with Steam

All you need to do from here is find a download link. This can be anything a browser can open and download.

Use the Open command from earlier, followed by a URL. We’ll use Steam’s own download URL for our example.

This opens a Save as dialog box and you can choose where to download the file.

Steam isn’t really designed to be used this way, so there’s no progress bar for these custom downloads.

A novelty or handy download function?

There are not many circumstances where you would want to download a file through Steam instead of an average internet browser. However, it’s helpful to know how to do that if you need to. And now you have all the information you need to help.

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