Setting mime type for excel document

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MS Excel has the following observed MIME types:

  • application/vnd.ms-excel (official)
  • application/msexcel
  • application/x-msexcel
  • application/x-ms-excel
  • application/x-excel
  • application/x-dos_ms_excel
  • application/xls
  • application/x-xls
  • application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet (xlsx)

Is there any one type that would work for all versions? If not, do we need to set response.setContentType() with each one of these mime types individually?

Also, we use file streaming in our application to display document (not just excel - any type of document). In doing so, how can we retain the filename if the user opts to save the file - currently, the name of the servlet that renders the file appears as the default name.

Apr 1, 2022 in Database by Edureka
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I assume application/vnd.ms-excel is the standard MIME type for Excel files.

You should provide the following header in the response when it comes to the document's name:

header('Content-Disposition: attachment; filename="name of excel file.xls"); 
answered Apr 4, 2022 by gaurav
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