How to hide the warning “This type of file can harm your computer” while downloading .xml file using Chrome Chromedriver 79 with Selenium Java

Despite setting safebrowsing.enabled to true / false, the warning …This type of file can harm your computer… is still being displayed in browser. How to hide this information?


To enable downloading of file using Chrome/ChromeDriver hiding the warning This type of file can harm your computer you need to:

  • Add the preferences:
    • download.default_directory
    • download.prompt_for_download
    • download.extensions_to_open
    • safebrowsing.enabled
  • As well as add the following arguments to whilelist:
    • --safebrowsing-disable-download-protection
    • safebrowsing-disable-extension-blacklist


To demonstrate downloading using , and through I have clicked on the first Download link in the webpage and your effective solution will be:

  • Code Block:

    System.setProperty("", "C:\Utility\BrowserDrivers\chromedriver.exe");
    Map<String, Object> prefs = new HashMap<String, Object>();
    prefs.put("download.default_directory", "C:/Utility/Downloads/");
    prefs.put("download.prompt_for_download", false);
    prefs.put("download.extensions_to_open", "application/xml");
    prefs.put("safebrowsing.enabled", true);
    ChromeOptions options = new ChromeOptions();
    options.setExperimentalOption("prefs", prefs);
    WebDriver driver =  new ChromeDriver(options); 
    new WebDriverWait(driver, 20).until(ExpectedConditions.elementToBeClickable(By.xpath("//span[text()='MntnRoad.xml']//following::span[1]//a[text()='Download']"))).click();
  • Browser Snapshot:


Source: stackoverflow