Download to client from a cgi script?

Matthew Wilson mwilson at
Sun Sep 21 22:24:22 CEST 2003

If you want to trigger the browser to ask 'save this file?' then you
gotta pass it a Content-Type that will trigger that.

At the top of your cgi script, get rid of 'Content-Type: text/html\n\n'
and replace it with 'Content-Type: application/octet-stream' or
something like that.

This page:

describes some IE bugs.  Good luck!  If you figure it all out, can you
post a message back here for future reference?

On Sun, 21 Sep 2003 21:28:46 +0200
Øystein Johansen <oystein at> wrote:

> Hi,
> (This question may be stupid, but I just can't find the answer...)
> How can I make the browser downlaod a cgi script from /cgi-bin/. 
> Obviously I can't make a link to it with <a=href="/cgi-bin/script.cgi>, 
> since tha script will be executed then.
> I see how Lutz in PP2E prints the script on the screen, but I want the 
> user to get the "save file" message box?
> Same thing. What about a binary file? Printing a binary file with 
> getfile.cgi from PP2E is just silly. The surfer must be promped to save. 
> So, what I want is a script like getfile.cgi, that downloads insted of 
> prints the file.
> (Maybe this is more a HTTP/HTML question than a Python question...)
> Clueless,
> -Øystein
> -- 

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