How to download a file from spring controllers?

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What is the process of allowing a user to download a file using a Spring Controller?

Sep 4, 2018 in Java by v.liyyah
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@RequestMapping(value = "/files/{file_name}", method = RequestMethod.GET)
public void getFile(
    @PathVariable("file_name") String fileName, 
    HttpServletResponse response) {
    try {
      // get your file as InputStream
      InputStream is = ...;
      // copy it to response's OutputStream
      org.apache.commons.io.IOUtils.copy(is, response.getOutputStream());
      response.flushBuffer();
    } catch (IOException ex) {
      log.info("Error writing file to output stream. Filename was '{}'", fileName, ex);
      throw new RuntimeException("IOError writing file to output stream");
    }

}

Well, you can write anything using response.getOutputStream(). Using this you can pass an output stream as a place to put generated PDF to your generator. Also, in case, you know what file type you are sending, you can write:

response.setContentType("application/pdf");

Hope this helps!

answered Sep 4, 2018 by code.reaper12
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