How to make PDF file downloadable in HTML link

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I am giving link of a pdf file on my web page for download, like below

<a href="myfile.pdf">Download Brochure</a>

The problem is when user clicks on this link then

If the user have installed Adobe Acrobat, then it opens the file in the same browser window in Adobe Reader.

If the Adobe Acrobat is not installed then it pop-up to the user for Downloading the file.

But I want it always pop-up to the user for download, irrespective of "Adobe acrobat" is installed or not.

Please tell me how i can do this?

Aug 27, 2020 in PHP by kartik
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Hello @kartik,

Try this:

<a href="./directory/yourfile.pdf" download="newfilename">Download the pdf</a>

Where newfilename is the suggested filename for the user to save the file. Or it will default to the filename on the serverside if you leave it empty, like this:

<a href="./directory/yourfile.pdf" download>Download the pdf</a>

Note:you should check  compatibility first.

Check compatibility here: http://caniuse.com/#feat=download

Hope it helps!!
Thank you!!

answered Aug 27, 2020 by Niroj
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