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PHP Headers/Safari issue

Posted on 2009-03-30
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Experts,
 I have a PHP script which outputs a csv which I am then trying to force as a download through the browser.

This works in IE and Firefox, however in Safari I am having some problems.

I have tried any number of header content-types, however the best I can end up with is Safari either appending .txt or .exe to the filename.

I have tried:

header("Content-type: application/octet-stream");
header("Content-type: application/csv");
header("Content-type: application/x-msdownload");
header("Content-type: text/x-csv");
header("Content-type: text/csv");
header("Content-type: csv");


With the following:

header("Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=\"".$filename.".csv\"");

Can anyone help? I simply want Safari to download xxx.csv!

Many thanks
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by:Eoin OSullivan
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I've used the following code to save as XLS and it works in Safari ... try replacing the CSV in the filename and leave out all your other Content-type header values.


header("Content-type: application/octet-stream");
$theFile=$filename.".xls";
header("Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=".$theFile);
header("Pragma: no-cache");
header("Expires: 0");

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by:0tacon
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Safari is still outputting with a .txt extension (so the file is downloaded as xxxxx.xls.txt)

Thanks for looking into this :)
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Eoin OSullivan earned 250 total points
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Did you try it with a CSV extension??

My Safari 3.2 works fine with the code above.

I am wondering if you have MS Office installed on your Mac?

Safari handles file extensions a little differently from Firefox as it relies on the Extensions being setup in OSX.  If not it "guesses" the filetype and appends "txt" etc. to filenames

It is explained better in this article
http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.mac.office.word/browse_thread/thread/00a400dd0214abed?pli=1

Apple are aware of the issue
http://support.apple.com/kb/TA24293?viewlocale=en_US

Basically you need to assign the CSV file type to an application like Excel or numbers on your Mac.


I use this FREE system preference to manage all my file extensions
http://creativetechs.com/tipsblog/set-default-applications-in-mac-os-x/
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by:0tacon
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Thanks for the depth of the answer, I had a feeling this was the case- With file associations set up it works fine.

Cheers again
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