This attribute is only used if the href attribute is set. the browser will automatically detect the correct file extension and add it to the file .img,.pdf,.txt,. html, etc.). One to view the pdf in the browser and one to force the download. I would think you can do that: Begin without force-download code in echecs16.infoss file in your. href="some/path/echecs16.info" download target="_blank">download PDF file. This would force download in the browsers, which support it (Chrome, / force-to-open-save-as-popup-open-at-text-link-click-for-pdf-in-html.
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From an answer to Force a browser to save file as after clicking link: href=" path/to/file" download>Click here to download. href="echecs16.info" download="mytextdocument">Click here detect the correct file extension and add it to the file .img,.pdf,.txt,.html, etc.). href="echecs16.info" target="_self">Click to Download However, if you want to force the file to download, by prompting a download.
I'd never heard of this feature before; but, apparently, the "download" attribute tells the browser to download the HREF location using the given filename instead of navigating the browser directly to the HREF location. This doesn't necessarily surface any new functionality from the user's perspective; but, it can create a nicer user experience UX. There's not really too much to this "download" attribute. You simply provide a filename as the attribute value. And then, when the user clicks on the anchor link, they will download the HREF location and save the resultant payload using the provided filename:. In this case, the server-generated ZIP file will be saved to the user's computer as " assets. The "download" attribute has very good support, working in all the modern browsers with the not-surprising exceptions of IE 11 and Mobile Safari.
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A really simple way to achieve this, without using external download sites or modifying headers etc. BTW great question, I was looking for an answer as well, since most browser-embedded PDF plugins take sooo long to display anything and will often hang the browser whilst the PDF is loading.
A very easy way to do this, if you need to force download for a single link on your page, is to use the HTML5 download-attribute in the href-link. There has been a debate whether this is good practise or not, but in my case I have an embedded viewer for a pdf file and the viewer does not offer a download link, so i have to provide one separately.
Here I want to make sure the user does not get the pdf opened in the web browser, which would be confusing. This won't necessary open the save as-dialog, but will download the link straight to the preset download destination. And of course if your doing a site for someone else, and need them to write in manually attributes to their links is probably a bad idea, but if there is way to get the attribute into the links, this can be a light solution.
A server-side solution is more compatible, until the "download" attribute is implemented in all the browsers.
The links that point to the filestore are generated like this:. If you have a plugin within the browser which knows how to open a PDF file it will open directly. Like in case of images and HTML content. So the alternative approach is not to send your MIME type in the response. In this way the browser will never know which plugin should open it. I just had a very similar issue with the added problem that I needed to create download links to files inside a ZIP file.
I first tried to create a temporary file, then provided a link to the temporary file, but I found that some browsers would just display the contents a CSV Excel file rather than offering to download. Eventually I found the solution by using a servlet.
The servlet takes as input a full path name to the ZIP file, and the name of the file inside the zip that should be downloaded. Inside my JSP file I have a table displaying all the files inside the zip, with links that say: You also can add it to parent div and will pickup all links inside it.
With large PDF files the browser hangs. In the Action drop down, select Always ask. Now I am able to download e-books! Thank you for your interest in this question.
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Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead? The results are in! See what nearly 90, developers picked as their most loved, dreaded, and desired coding languages and more in the Developer Survey. Peter Mortensen I tried your updated solution, artmania - but the same problem I've been having in Safari occurred. I get what looks like the PDF in the browser window, and only when I click on the "preview" or "download" tabs at the bottom do I get the search feature I so desperately need.
From an answer to Force a browser to save file as after clicking link: Ayush Gupta Ayush Gupta 3, 1 17 At the time of this comment, the download attribute is limited to Chrome, Firefox and Opera. Even recent versions of IE and Safari do not support it. For future support: Netbeans error checking complains about it, but it seems to work fine.
You can specify a preliminary name for the new file like so: This works in Edge at the time of writing this comment, and seems like the only way possible to stop hyperlinked PDFs opening in Edge's very poor attempt at a PDF viewer. Doesn't even work with Firefox. Bad reply. This only works for same-origin links, as mentioned on caniuse. If you don't have access to the server, then you can try to proxy it and set the response header manually.
GabLeRoux 7, 6 40 DrWaky DrWaky 5 5. Most practical answer!
It's exactly the same as the current top answer though, from Ayush Gupta in If you give a string in the download attribute, it will be used as file name. I'm using it in userscripts all the time. Here's a PHP code example: Karel Petranek Karel Petranek In practice I believe this is widely implemented.
This is the best solution, hassle free and works.
You can directly download any file type using this method. Todua May 12 '14 at Tony Tony 2 9.
This worked well, since I had a particular document directory for downloads. I omitted the ForceType, just to let the types stay as-is.
I also didn't need the case-insensitive; mine seems to be case-insensitive already. This worked wonderfully, even in OSX Safari, where as other answers including the accepted one, as one commenter pointed out there are limited to certain browsers which support the given HTML feature. This one seems more ideal to me since it worked across the board, though it does require higher-level access to the server configuration files.
You could put that right in your apache. How would a Windows-hosted web site implement this, since they can't read htaccess files? Only for Apache? User User 99 1 2. This worked for me. File Not Found: Typically you would set the href attribute to the blob or data URI, then, as with the monthly report example earlier, set the download attribute to a more meaningful file name. The following example shows how you can do this when using the Canvas API.
Note that in a real-world application, it is likely that the download attribute would not be hard coded, but would instead be added after input by the user ahead of downloading the image.
At the time of writing, Safari and IE both desktop and mobile do not support this attribute. In HTML5 the media attribute can now also be applied to a hyperlink. It works in the same way, and its value can be any valid media query. It could be useful, for example, in situations where you provide device-specific downloads, such as for desktop and mobile wallpapers:.
Well, the idea is that it gives users greater transparency in seeing what other requests may be made as a result of them clicking on a certain link.