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Once your Desktop Client is open and logged in, you will be presented with a confirmation screen that shows the xnat:// formatted path to the catalog file that you're about to download from. You will also be prompted to set a download location. You can set a default download location in Application Settings

It's important to note that this request with its bundled authentication token is handled as an application URL, and is not directly downloaded to your desktop. This is a security measure, so you don't have to worry about another user finding that file and opening it, thus getting access to an XNAT session on your credentials through the desktop client. 

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Once your Desktop Client is open and logged in, select "Download Files" from the main menu screen. You will be presented with a confirmation screen that prompts you to select a catalog file that you're about to download from. You will also be prompted to set a download location. (You can set a default download location in Application Settings.)  

 

It's important to note that this request with its bundled authentication token is handled as an application URL, and is not directly downloaded to your desktop. This is a security measure, so you don't have to worry about another user finding that file and opening it, thus getting access to an XNAT session on your credentials through the desktop client. 

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