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Posted on 2005-03-07
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Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Hi Experts,
I have many users accesing our site.
Each user has personal files.
We want to let each user ee only their files and let them download.
Any suggestions on how to let a file be downloaded.
Never done this before.
Question by:RGuillermo
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alain34 earned 1500 total points
ID: 13475695
the best option that I come up with is to store files in a mysql database in blob format.
then it is easy to let user inly download their files!
to do the download, you can as follow:

   $dataStream = "";
   $query = "select chunk from download_chunk where id = $idDownload order by sequence";
   $result = mysql_query($query);  
   $number = mysql_numrows($result);
   $i = 0;
   if ($number != 0) {
      while ($i < $number) {  
         $dataStream .= mysql_result($result,$i,"chunk");

I'm storing file in chunk of 512K, because often mysql has a limit on the size of query.
This way my insert query is never longer than the limit defined by mysql.

CREATE TABLE download_chunk (
  id int(11) NOT NULL default '0',
  sequence int(11) NOT NULL default '0',
  chunk longblob NOT NULL

you just need to alter all that to link the id with your users and this way you can restrict download!
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Expert Comment

ID: 13478166
Make a link to this PHP page when DOWNLOAD button is clicked.

For PDF:-
If you want the user to be prompted to save the data you are sending, such as a generated PDF file, you can use the Content-Disposition header to supply a recommended filename and force the browser to display the save dialog.



switch( $ext ){
   case "pdf": $ctype="application/pdf";              break;
   case "exe": $ctype="application/octet-stream";      break;
   case "zip": $ctype="application/zip";              break;
   case "doc": $ctype="application/msword";            break;
   case "xls": $ctype="application/vnd.ms-excel";      break;
   case "ppt": $ctype="application/vnd.ms-powerpoint"; break;
   case "gif": $ctype="image/gif";                    break;
   case "png": $ctype="image/png";                    break;
   case "jpg": $ctype="image/jpg";                    break;
   default:    $ctype="application/force-download";

header('Content-type: $ctype');

header('Content-Disposition: attachment; filename="downloaded.' . $ext . '"' );


else {
 echo "Invalid user";

For more, read:-
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Expert Comment

ID: 13478170
replace the filenames accordingly instead of PDF.
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Expert Comment

ID: 13478196
I just realised my code was incomplete!

you should add the following for managing the download:

   $download_size = strlen($dataStream);
   header("pragma: public");
   header("expires: 0");
   header("Cache-Control: private");
   header("Content-type: application/octet-stream");
   header("Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=$fileDownload");
   header("Accept-Ranges: bytes");
   header("Content-Length: $download_size");
   echo $dataStream;

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