My project is to not allow the download bar to auto popup, so I tried to Google search. Many results are shown using Chrome Extensions, but I don't want to use Chrome Extensions to solve the problem. Users are using Chrome versions 77-84 at the moment.

According to the How to disable Google Chrome download bar?, some people suggested chrome://flags, but this method cannot be used now.

So, are there any ideas on how to disable the Chrome download bar (e.g. Group Policy, registry)? Thank you.


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Chrome doesn't feature any built-in means to turn the download shelf off, so extensions are required.

The following extensions will do the task. Try them out to decide on the one you like best:

If you want to use any of the extensions in Incognito mode, right-click the extension icon, select Manage extensions and enable "Allow In Incognito".

To still access the Chrome downloads manager, open the Chrome menu and click "Downloads", or press Ctrl+J.

  • Thanks @harrymc! For future internet travelers- I evaluated all of them and "AutoHideDownload" bar is the best choice if you want to auto hide after the download completes. They also have settings to completely disable the downloads bar if that's what you're into. Developer has updated the extension as of March 2022. chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/autohidedownloadsbar/… Commented Jun 19, 2022 at 14:40
  • I like that first one, "Always Clear Downloads in Chrome", because it let me choose how many seconds to keep the download bar at the bottom of the screen. Commented Aug 16, 2022 at 19:09

There is a flag currently in version 103.0.5060.134 called "Enable download bubble" (#download-bubble) that prevents the download bar from appearing at the bottom of the screen and replaces it with behavior similar to Firefox.


This may not be helpful to the original question author because I don't know when this flag first appeared. It's not the same as automatically hiding the downloads bar, but for me it was sufficient to solve my problem so I figured I'd post for general/future reference.


Enable "Download Bubbles" [Experimental feature]

Open url chrome://flags/#download-bubble and toggle feature

  • 1
    You could enhance your answer by describing what this does. Commented Dec 24, 2022 at 3:08
  • And as of a recent Chrome release the download bar doesn't even exist, and the bubble is the only option.
    – Zoredache
    Commented Nov 8, 2023 at 21:19

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