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file download from JSP ?


Joined: Jan 26, 2000
Posts: 15
I'm trying to write a JSP that pulls a file (i.e. Ms Word doc file) from a database and pushes it to the client for download.
I tried to use:
and I can only see my web browser show binary charactes .
How do I make the browser recognize the binary chars. as a file ?
William Brogden
Author and all-around good cowpoke

Joined: Mar 22, 2000
Posts: 13037
I think you want to set the content type specific
for the application.
and make sure your browser has a setting for
this MIME type.
To find listings of MIME types try searching
at Yahoo. Here is one listing I found recently:

Joined: Jan 26, 2000
Posts: 15
I found the solution,
you need to setHeader();
setContentType(application/octet-stream) <--generic application
some pointers too.. don't put any HTML or text tags, this will screw up the application file binary output stream
I agree. Here's the link:
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