jquery table to excel file

I have a html jqgrid table that I make into csv data.  I then want to write that csv to excel.   I believe the issue is in this line:
window.open('data:application/csv;charset=utf-8,' + encodeURIComponent(html));

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It does some wacky stuff on people's PCs, I dont know why, I think it it because they do not have *.csv associated with anything maybe.  But, in C# I do other data and it works well.  Question is, assuming my csv data inside the html variable is good, how do I open it in Excel, and possibly with a friendlier filename.  It seems to make a wacky filename like "XXvZZr12HJ.csv.csv".  I would be fine with a static filename like "hello.csv".

In C# I would do this code, and it would open a nice Excel file:
      Response.Buffer = true;
      Response.AddHeader("content-disposition", "attachment;filename=GridViewExport.csv");
      Response.Charset = "";
      Response.ContentType = "application/text";

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Rainer JeschorCommented:

do you want to do this purely on the client side? Or using C# / ASP.NET on the server side?
For server side creation of a "real" Excel file (using Office OpenXML) please have a look here:
Very good article.

For the client side version (assuming you have already created the HTML) the following should work:
// Used to "host" the necessary options	
var link = document.createElement('a');
// Set the ID of the link (used for removal later on)
link.id = 'LinkDownloadExcel';
// Set the content and type
link.href = 'data:application/vnd.ms-excel,' + encodeURIComponent(html);
// Set the file name option
link.download = 'jqGridDownload.xls';
// Add the download link to the document
// Fire the Excel file download
// Remove the download link

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Julian HansenCommented:
You can do this by dynamically modifying an <a> element like so

HTML - link
<a id="download" href="#">Click</a>

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HTML - Data
    <pre id="data">

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$(function() {
  $('#download').click(function(e) {
    var html = $('#data').text();
    $(this).attr('href', 'data:application/vnd.ms-excel;charset=utf-8,' + encodeURIComponent(html)).attr('download', 'testfile.csv');

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Note the application/vnd.ms-excel instead of application/csv - see if that helps with connecting the csv to Excel.

The above can be changed dynamically depending on what you want to do re filenames and data etc.
Working sample here

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DemosthenesAuthor Commented:
This seems to work, I found it right after I posted this q

        var uri = 'data:text/csv;charset=utf-8,' + html;
        var downloadLink = document.createElement("a");
        downloadLink.href = uri;
        downloadLink.download = "Export.csv";

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DemosthenesAuthor Commented:
Hey guys this doesn't seem to work in IE.  Either solution.
Julian HansenCommented:
IE specifically does not support this citing security reasons
For security reasons, data URIs are restricted to downloaded resources. Data URIs cannot be used for navigation, for scripting, or to populate frame or iframe elements.

The right way of doing this would be to send the data to the server and have the server send back the file. Either that or disqualify IE as a target browser.
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