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The correct type is application/pdf for PDF, not application/force-download. to prompt the user then use "inline" for the third string instead of "attachment". I've seen application/force-download used - which ends up as a the application /pdf MIME type and tell the browser to open those types inline. You can normally open PDFs automatically in Chrome by clicking on the If your PDFs are downloading instead of opening automatically in.
Announcing the arrival of Valued Associate The SitePoint Forums have moved. The results are in! Taboada but then the user's system may not know the file type. If you aren't forcing it to download, then you ARE forcing it to open in the browser. These plugins were capable of doing everything any other program could, and could additionally register themselves as a handler for a specific file type that might be otherwise unrecognised by the browser.
That's usually because the site sends a Content-Disposition header in the response.
Specifically, it can send either inline or attachment. If you open your browser's developer tools, you'll see that particular link sends the following response headers:. This tells the browser to always download attachment the file, and to give it the default filename of Schubert-SonataB-flat. When a Content-Disposition is inline or unspecified , the browser will try to open the file in the default embedded viewer.
This only works when the browser knows what file type it is, and the browser knows how to open that type. The file type can be specified by the server with a Content-Type header. This is the most generic type, and it tells the browser that the file is just arbitrary data - at which point the only thing the browser can do is download it in theory - we'll get to that.
When a Content-Type is not specified by the server and sometimes even when it is , the browser can perform what is known as sniffing to try to guess the type by reading the file and looking for patterns. Upon receiving a file with an inline or unspecified disposition, the browser needs to try to open it within the browser if possible. To do this, it looks at the file type, and if it recognises the type it will try to open it. Since it's supposed to be the most generic type, denoting an arbitrary stream of bytes, there isn't supposed to be any handler that can apply to all files of this "type".
Some websites have also used non-standard types. To see how PDFs are handled, we can delve a bit into web history. See, in the past, browsers had no idea what a PDF is. So they could not open it. Those were most generically known as plugins.
These plugins were capable of doing everything any other program could, and could additionally register themselves as a handler for a specific file type that might be otherwise unrecognised by the browser. Incidentally, this was later found to be a huge security risk and support for these powerful plugins was gradually dropped Of course, after a number of security and performance issues caused by these plugins, the major browser vendors decided to incorporate their own PDF viewers while phasing out support for most plugins.
There's actually still some leftover controls for this, e. In the past, this would have allowed the choice between multiple plugins that registered that type. For example, the list of registered types for Flash:. Yes figured! If you have control over the server code: Use the HTML5 download attribute.
It uses the custom filename specified on the view side. Christophe Roussy Christophe Roussy 9, 1 57 If you have Apache add this to the.
Alex Alex 41 1 3. Oops, there were typing errors in my previous post. Andrew Barber 34k 14 79 What previous post? This is for ASP. FilePath, FileMode. Open, FileAccess. Leon van Wyk Leon van Wyk 3 6. You can do this in the following way: I have used this code and it worked perfectly.
Mohsin Mohsin 15 2. No mention that they use Apache. What if they use IIS? Or Express? If you are using CodeIgniter.
Please set: Open downloads. Then go to line and change it to the following: Cleb No mention that they use PHP.
What if their backend is in Python or. He doesn't even say what framework he's talking about. Here is another method of forcing a file to view in the browser in PHP: What if you don't use AdobeReader or don't use windows? You're answer will not work.
Moreover, it require asking the user to change their setting, which you can't do in real world. File Transfer' ;. Kirk Strobeck Kirk Strobeck If you get stuck you can get support by emailing forums sitepoint. Results 1 to 6 of 6. I already have pdf documents on the web site with a link to them. How can I force a prompt for the user to download the document instead of automatically opening it in the browser?
Change the header information sent. In C it is something like this: Frederik Vig.