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Code-Quickie: How to do a file download from ASP.Net

February 6, 2007

So you want to let the user save a file that you generate from an ASP.Net page or httphandler?

It’s simple once you know how to set up your response headers:
Response.ContentType = sMimeType;
Response.ContentEncoding = System.Text.Encoding.GetEncoding(sEncoding);
Response.AddHeader( “Content-Disposition”,
“attachment; filename=””+sReportFileName+”.” + sExtension + “””);
Response.CacheControl = “private”;

The most tricky parts to figure out were the Content-Disposition and CacheControl headers. The latter, I only discovered some comparison using Fiddler, which by the way is an indispensable tool for any serious web developer.


From → .Net, C#, Web Development

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