jQuery File Download is a cross server platform compatible jQuery plugin that allows for an Ajax-like file download experience that isn't normally possible using the web.
Demo (of this exact source):
Targeting pretty modern browser(s)?
This might be a better solution to your problem https://github.com/eligrey/FileSaver.js/
- jQuery 1.6+
Common questions and answers
- Q: I need to send in custom headers. How do I do that?
- Unfortunately since this plugin uses an iframe and not AJAX you cannot send in custom headers. If you really need to do this and are willing to accept a more narrow range of browser support this might be a better solution to your problem https://github.com/eligrey/FileSaver.js/
- Q: It doesn't work!?
- Try out the demo and make sure you are doing exactly what it is doing: http://jqueryfiledownload.apphb.com/ If the demo doesn't work in your browser you have defintely found a bug and us know!
- Due to iframe security restrictions you must serve up the file from the same domain you see in the address bar
Supported and tested browsers
- Firefox 11+ - reasonably sure it will work on earlier versions
- Chrome 17+ - reasonably sure it will work on earlier versions
- iOS 5.0+ - reasonably sure it will work on earlier versions
- Android 4.0+ - non-GET requests do not work due to a long-standing bug in the Android browser. This is handled 'gracefully' with a message to the user.
Note - You must also write a cookie in conjunction with using this plugin as mentioned in the orignal post:
bower install jquery-file-download -S
Example of writing cookie (MVC):
The above attribute can be used on any controller action that may return a file download that you would like to use jquery.fileDownload.js with
For more information and documentation please visit:
Ruby on Rails integration
jquery.fileDownload.js into the Rails 3.1+ asset pipeline.