How force link to save target as instead of open it?

Posted on 2004-10-13
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Dear all,
How force link to save target as instead of open it?

Question by:ethar1
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Expert Comment

ID: 12295399
what exactly are you trying to accomplish ???

If you are talking about making so that the box comes up when you left click on the link to download a file then you would put it up on a server that has FTP capability and make it an ftp link.

Files can be referenced via FTP using the URL convention. The general form is: 
This form makes an anonymous FTP request for the indicated file from the indicated machine.

If you specify a directory instead of a file (by requesting a URL such as, most browsers will give you a list of the directory contents and allow you to select files, or other directories.

NOTE -- If a URL points to a directory it *must* end with the slash character. This tells the URL that the desired target is a directory (i.e. the directory path/) and not a file (i.e. the file path).

You can access non-anonymous ftp resources by specifying, within the URL, both the username and password of the account you wish to access. ( NOTE -- This is not secure -- see the following warning). For example:

allows you to access files on machine belonging to user joe_bozo (password bl123). Note that you can omit the password if you wish -- most browser's will then attempt the connection, but will prompt the user to type a password. Indeed, it is best to omit the password -- otherwise everybody who accessss this document will be able to read the HTML and know joe_bozo's password!


Author Comment

ID: 12295426
Actually, I have mp3 link, when I click the link it's open in realplayer but give an error:

A general Error has occurred...
file://C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\KTSH2Z85\P16[2].mp3

don't know how to fix that.
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Expert Comment

ID: 12295473
the link is pointing at your local machine's hard drive

you would have to have that file uploaded onto a file server or you would have to have your machine setup as a file server. Otherwise it will not work.

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Author Comment

ID: 12295657
It's pointing to server location : http://localhost/web/Prince/Sound/p25.mp3

it's download very good but can't open it.

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cwkhang earned 250 total points
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Expert Comment

ID: 12297189
If you can use ASP then this is an excellent solution:
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Expert Comment

ID: 12297844
Download a file instead of opening it. IE only and assuming you have ASP capabilities:
var myFSO = new ActiveXObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
var objFile = myFSO.openTextFile(Server.MapPath("/path/somefile.ppt"));
var str = new String(objFile.readAll());
Response.ContentType = 'application/unknown';
Response.addHeader('content-disposition', 'attachment;filename=somefile.ppt');


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Expert Comment

ID: 12298704
Some PHP script to force download if interested..... it will force download instead of opening file.

on your download link have something like this :


//this is download.php

      $file= $_GET['file'];

      if (file_exists($file))
         header("Content-type: application/force-download");
         header("Content-Transfer-Encoding: Binary");
         header("Content-length: ".filesize($file));
         header("Content-disposition: attachment; filename=".basename($file). "");
           echo "File does not exist";

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