HELP! Force download code is not working


I am trying download the zip file using the below code: The problem is, In IE, it's not allowing me to download the file. It works fine in Firefox.

header("Content-type: application/octet-stream");
header("Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=\"\"");                  


1. The file type/content-type in the IE download window is blank.
2. I tried using application/zip, application/x-zip and it didn't work.
3. I am creating the zip file using exec() command in my code.
4. In firefox the filetype comes as WINRAR ZIP ARCHIVE.

Please help me in resolving this.

Thanks in advance,

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geir_andersenSystems engineerCommented:
I just answered another question with this code..
This is the code I use to download files:
$thefile = "";
header("Content-type: application/octet-stream");
header("location: {$thefile}");

It'll bring up the download dialogue.
(Tested in IE and FireFox)


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I trust Geir's code will work fine. Yours is OK too, I think, but it looks like you just forgot to actually output the file:

header("Content-type: application/octet-stream");
header("Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=\"\"");    
readfile('path/to/');             //this is the line you need to add, to read out the zip you created.

Hope that helps,
prsupriyaAuthor Commented:
Hi! geir_andersen, the solution you gave worked great...thanks!

nicholassolutions, readfile() was already there in my code. thanks!
geir_andersenSystems engineerCommented:
no problem, great it worked out for you.
Thanks for the points.

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