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downloading files from Server to client machine

Yohan Shikari

Joined: Apr 01, 2005
Posts: 13

My project requires that I write code to download files from server to a client machine.

I have NO idea
If anyone has an idea, help me out

Post links or code

Thanks and regards
Yohan Shikari
Amol Fuke
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Joined: Apr 08, 2005
Posts: 129
you need to give the links(href) to the user on browser.The href will contain the path of your file on the server.Since browser does not understand other than html, when it tries to access the specified file(given by your href) it will show a prompt having option for save and open.
When you click save ,file will be downloaded to the client.

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Ben Souther

Joined: Dec 11, 2004
Posts: 13410

If the files are within your webapp and can be reached from the browser, just provide links. If you need to provide access to files that reside somewhere else on the filesystem or network, you'll need to:
  • Set the Content-Type header
  • Set the Content-Disposition header
  • Stream the file to the client with a ServletOutputStrem

  • Look at SimpleStream on
    It streams files from within the app using getResourceAsStream.
    You would need to change it to use a FileReader if you want to send files that live outside of the webapp.
    [ May 04, 2005: Message edited by: Ben Souther ]

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