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Pictools: Driver Pages
V3.3 (347)
Used to download a page that would otherwise be viewed instead of downloaded
usage in HTML: <a href="/scripts/download.php?dir=directory&file=filename">

Accessing a page as shown above will (usually) cause the browser to offer to save a copy of the file rather than trying to display it. The exact behavior depends on the browser and the user's choice of browser options. For example, suppose you want to offer a download of this current file, the link would be


On my FireFox, clicking the above link brings up a dialog box asking whether to save the file of view it with wordpad. For some file types, notably pictools.tgz, the file is simply saved.

This script is usually not needed for most "unusual" types like .jar files. They will download with a simple

<a href="filename.jar">

Here, "unusual" means that the type is one that the browser has not been told how to process. Since users can instruct browsers how to deal with any type, if you want to ensure downloading, it is safest to use download.php.

Restriction: Except for a limited set of types, downloading is restricted to files listed in the downloadable property in their directory. See properties.php:downloadable.

Download.php calls the sendpage method in mimetype.php. Passing true for the second argument means that the file is sent with a Content-Disposition header calling for the file to be saved rather than displayed.

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