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While downloading certain files on Google Chrome, the file size is displayed the moment the download begins. For some others, the file size is never displayed until the entire file finishes downloading.

In what cases does this happen ? And why?

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marked as duplicate by Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, Heptite, Tog, and31415, Shekhar Mar 30 at 5:57

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Since you are specific about chrome: does the same happen with different browsers? –  Jasper Mar 28 at 11:19
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This is perhaps due to a missing "Content-Length" header in the HTTP response from the server, i.e. the server doesn't tell the browser how big the downloaded file will be, so the browser can't display a progress bar or the target file size.

This is no error because the Content-Length header is optional, so there is nothing to worry about and nothing you could do about this.

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