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Raise a File Download Dialog Box in Python

  • Last Updated : 11 May, 2020

Raising a File Download Dialog Box for end-user to download files like pdf, media-objects, documents, etc in Python can be done by the use of HTTP Header. It comes in handy where there is a need to develop a feature where instead of showing the files in the browser, the file contains is automatically downloaded.

For instance, if you need a file say (GeeksForGeeks.txt) to be downloaded on click of a link from the database the code would somewhat look like below:

# HTTP Header
print ("Content-Type:application/octet-stream; name = \"FileName\"\r\n")
print ("Content-Disposition: attachment; filename = \"FileName\"\r\n\n")
# Original File
my_file = open("GeeksForGeeks.txt", "rb")
# read the file content
text =;
print (text)
# Close opend file

If you just run the script it will just read the original file as below:

Note: One needs to make sure the file to be downloaded is in the same directory as the Python script.

Using the script in your application:
The below code is a simple example of the use of the above script in an application:

<form enctype = "multipart/form-data" action = "" method = "get">
<p>File link:<a href="GeeksForGeeks.txt" download>Click Here</a></p>


On click of the “Click Here” link the download box would pop up and start downloading the file.

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