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Answer: How do i force the user to download my content?

by Joost (Canon)
on Apr 22, 2002 at 12:43 UTC ( #161040=categorized answer: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Q&A > CGI programming > How do i force the user to download my content? - Answer contributed by Joost

As per RFC 2616 (HTTP/1.1), you might try setting the following headers:

Content-Disposition: attachment; filename="fname.ext" Content-Type: application/octet-stream

In practice the content-disposition only specifies a preferred filename for when you choose "Save as" from your browser-menu.

You also need to set content-type to application/octet-stream if you want the browser to "force" a "Save file as..." popup instead of it trying to display the data first.


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