File download

Submitted by:David Villa

Date added:07 March, 2011


Shows how to create a simple file download by using PHP.
The content could also be dynamically generated)

Tags: file download , create file download

Code Snippet:

// local file that should be send to the client
$local_file = '';
// filename that the user gets as default
$download_file = '';

if(file_exists($local_file) && is_file($local_file)) {
// send headers
header('Cache-control: private');
header('Content-Type: application/octet-stream');
header('Content-Length: '.filesize($local_file));
header('Content-Disposition: filename='.$download_file);

// flush content

** You can also remove the following part and
** replace it trough a database command fetching
** the download data
// open file stream
$file = fopen($local_file, "rb");

// send the file to the browser
print fread ($file, filesize($local_file));

// close file stream
else {
die('Error: The file '.$local_file.' does not exist!');