Save Images to different locations in Chrome

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 14, 2016
Google Chrome

Save Image Router is a new browser extension for Google Chrome and Chromium-based browsers that enables you to configure multiple download directories for images.

Google Chrome supports a single download location by default. All files, regardless of type, are downloaded to that location by default.

While you may switch to another directory manually using the save prompt that the browser displays, it is not very practicable if you do so regularly.

Take images for example: while you may save them all to a single directory, you may prefer an option to save different types of images to different directories. Say, wallpapers to a wallpaper folder, photos to a photos directory, and misc images to the main download folder.

You can do so with Chrome's native capabilities, but need to remember to switch folders using the save to prompt whenever the type changes.

Save Images to different locations in Chrome

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Save Image Router is a Chrome extension that adds the functionality to the browser. Basically, what it does is add options to set up multiple save paths for image downloads.

Instead of having to switch between directories manually each time, you'd simply select the corresponding directory configured before.

The program ships without any custom directories, and the first thing you need to do is set up at least one.

Each save path consists of a name, a directory and parameters. The name is displayed in the context menu when you right-click on images.

save image router options

The directory is always relative to Chrome's default download directory. This means that you cannot select any path on the computer as a save location. This is a limitation of Chrome according to the author.

The easiest option when it comes to directories is to use /name for them which saves the images to a subfolder of the main download directory of the browser.

The options that you have are to enable or disable the save dialog, and to define how file name collisions should be handled. Hiding the save dialog speeds up the saving as images get downloaded to the selected folder immediately without prompt.

For file collisions, you may select to rename files, overwrite existing files, or display a dialog to give you options to decide on a per-collision base.

You may use drag and drop to change the order of save to directories when you right-click on images in Chrome.


Save Image Router is a handy extension for Google Chrome, especially if you save images regularly and select custom destination folders for them regularly.

The extension installed and worked fine in Opera and Vivaldi. It is likely that it works in other Chromium-browsers as well provided that they support extensions.

Firefox users can check out Context Menu Image Saver, or one of the other image saving extensions available for the browser.


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  1. stilofilos said on July 16, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    No experience with Chrome, but if it can help, I am using a standalone little program for this.
    It is there whenever you open a filebox to open or save any file, no matter from which program. You build a menu of favourite folders, with subfolders if wanted, and just click the wanted one. That folder then stays selected until you click on an other one.
    It’s an old one but it still works perfectly on my XP and my Windows7 and has no problem with my external drives.
    It also adds extra buttons in the top right corner of a window, to make it allways on top or roll it up to its title bar, and to open your favourites treeview. Very handy. And you can even replace the icons with your own ones.
    Its name is FileboxExtender, and the producer is Hyperionics. And it’s free.

    No idea why, but Save Image to Folder recently suddenly stopped working after being perfect for more than a year. (in Firefox i.e.)

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on July 16, 2016 at 4:01 pm
  2. ZzzZombi said on July 14, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    I thought I might give another chance to Chrome when I see this extension. I thought I could just save to any folder in local drives. Nope. It HAS to save to downloads, unlike Save image to Folder extension in Firefox.

    Anyone know why Chrome extensions don’t have such abilities?

    1. Annonymous said on July 21, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      It’s meant as a security feature. Extensions do not have access to parts of your computer they shouldn’t have.

      Apparently, you can get around this feature through use of symlinks. It’s not the prettiest solution, but it apparently (annecdotal, haven’t tried it myself) does the job.

      1. Alexopus said on August 1, 2016 at 1:46 pm

        There are some instructions on how to setup the symlinks on the authors site:

        Thanks for the review!

    2. Martin Brinkmann said on July 14, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      According to its author, this is a limitation of Chrome and cannot be bypassed by extensions.

  3. Maelish said on July 14, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    This is the type of extension that would make better sense if it had some features from `Download Them All.`

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