How to Automatically Start a Download in PHP

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What code do you need to add in PHP to automatically have the browser download a file to the local machine when a link is visited?

I am specifically thinking of functionality similar to that of download sites that prompt the user to save a file to disk once you click on the name of the software?
Nov 5, 2020 in PHP by kartik
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Hello @kartik,

Send the following headers before outputting the file:

header("Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=\"" . basename($File) . "\"");
header("Content-Type: application/octet-stream");
header("Content-Length: " . filesize($File));
header("Connection: close");

Hope it works!!!
Thank you!!

answered Nov 5, 2020 by Niroj
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