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PHP Header - download a .exe

Posted on 2004-08-19
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Hello,

I have the following code which downloads a .exe

<?PHP

if($_GET['file'] == file.exe)
      readfile('/home/dir1/dir2/file.exe')

?>

I believe I need to put "header ('Content-type....something something).  I do not know what header to use.  Can you please help by suggesting the appropriate header.

Thanks.
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Question by:rudyflyer
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by:Diablo84
ID: 11843774
header("Content-type: application/octet-stream exe");
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ID: 11843872
even better...

if($_GET['file'] == "file.exe") {
 $file = "/home/dir1/dir2/file.exe";
}

header("Content-type: application/octet-stream exe");
header("Content-Length: ".filesize($file));
readfile($file);
exit();
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by:rudyflyer
ID: 11844024
Diablo84.  Thank you.  But I seem to have another problem.  I have the .exe in a different directory away from the Web directory.  I did this so someone could not browser to www.website.com/file.exe and download it before registering to receive it.  Anyway, using your code above I receive a pop-up alert which reads "Internet Explorer was unable to this Internet site.  The requested site is either unavialable or cannot be found.  Please try again".

I have increased points to 200 since I am encountering a different problem.

Thank you
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by:Diablo84
ID: 11844422
Im not sure that you can access files outside of the web directory via http

You may wish to instead use http authentication to restrict casual users downloading the file but still have the executable within the web directory.

Theres an example of that in conjunction with php here: http://www.zend.com/manual/features.http-auth.php

However i expect you can get more information regarding protecting files online in the HTML TA, its something i have limited knowledge of and so cannot provide you with as much information as i would like.
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by:Diablo84
ID: 11844470
heres another couple of links that may help you:

authentication using a .htaccess file: http://hoohoo.ncsa.uiuc.edu/docs/tutorials/user.html
authentication using php tutorial: http://www.sitepoint.com/article/http-authentication-php
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by:rudyflyer
ID: 11849015
Diablo84,

The answer I accepted worked nicely.  I had to make a couple tweaks to it.  The reason I was receiving that error was because I was calling a session_start() before the headers.  That is what caused the error.

Thanks again.
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