Monday, 26 September 2011

Automatic file download

I have a personal project I'm working on which requires an automatic download link. You know the sort of thing - like you get on SourceForge: "Your file will download in x seconds". And then the file download dialog pops up.

All the solutions for this are JavaScript - and if you want a countdown then JS is the way to go. But I didn't want JavaScript.

The basic part of the trick isn't limited to Drupal at all, you just HTML:

<meta http-equiv="Refresh" content="1; URL=" />

So here, after one second, the page refreshes - except it's a file to be downloaded, so your browser does the right thing and gives you a download dialog box instead.


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