One to view the pdf in the browser and one to force the download. User Avatar lesforgesdessalles.info User Avatar. Use PHP and the content-disposition HTTP header to force files to download and then you'll add a reference to that PHP file within the HTML of the If, for example, you wish to force lesforgesdessalles.info to download instead of to. This would force download in the browsers, which support it (Chrome, Firefox and Opera). /force-to-open-save-as-popup-open-at-text-link-click-for-pdf-in- html It can be done simply by instead of clicking on the PDF file.
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From an answer to Force a browser to save file as after clicking link: . the mime type if the file is not PDF header('Content-Disposition: attachment; filename='. So here's a little simple snippet when you want to force a download when a file such as a PDF,.doc etc is clicked. Normal actions will open the. There are no restrictions on allowed values, and the browser will automatically detect the correct file extension and add it to the file .img,.pdf,.txt,.html, etc.).
Install the extension and click on the extension icon in the toolbar and select Options Click on Add Rule and add the following rule: Hi Michal Kopanski, Did you ever get this figured out? The user can always force their browser to download the file if they wish to. Permalink to comment December 29, Very handy to use this along with this technique to generate a file: It works in Firefox:
The user can always force their browser to download the file if they wish to. If you still want to force the browser to download the file, modify the HTTP headers directly. Here's a PHP code example:. I had this same issue and found a solution that has worked great so far. You put the following code in your. I found a very simple solution for Firefox only works with a relative rather than a direct href: Generally it happens, because some browsers settings or plug-ins directly open PDF in the same window like a simple web page.
The following might help you.
I have done it in PHP a few years back. But currently I'm not working on that platform. Save this little snippet as a PHP file somewhere on your server and you can use it to make a file download in the browser, rather than display directly.
If you want to serve files other than PDF, remove or edit line 5. Reference from: This blog. 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. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site the association bonus does not count.
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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 The download attribute is new in HTML5.
It supplements the existing href attribute by telling the browser that the resource the href points to should be downloaded directly, instead of visited which could happen with a file that the browser can open, like a PDF. The value of the download attribute is used for the name of the file that is downloaded. Being able to have different values for href and download can come in handy. For example, you might need to generate unique files dynamically on the server for monthly or yearly reports on a per user basis, but still present the user with a meaningful filename for when they download a file.
Because the download attribute can be different to the href, this is pretty easy to do:. 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.