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HTML <a> download Attribute

HTML a Tag Reference HTML <a> tag

Example

Download file when clicking on the link (instead of navigating to the file):

<a href="/images/myw3schoolsimage.jpg" download>

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Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Google Chrome Safari

The download attribute is supported in Firefox, Opera and Chrome.

Note: The download attribute is not supported in Internet Explorer, Safari or Opera 12 and earlier versions.


Definition and Usage

The download attribute specifies that the target will be downloaded when a user clicks on the hyperlink.

This attribute is only used if the href attribute is set.

The value of the attribute will be the name of the downloaded file. There are no restrictions on allowed values, and the browser will automatically detect the correct file extension and add it to the file (.img, .pdf, .txt, .html, etc.).

If the value is omitted, the original filename is used.


Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

The download attribute is new for the <a> tag in HTML5.


Syntax

<a download="filename">

Attribute Values

Value Description
filename Optional. Specifies the new filename for the downloaded file


More Examples

Example

Specify a value for the download attribute, which will be the new filename of the downloaded file (w3logo.jpg instead of myw3schoolsimage.jpg"):

<a href="/images/myw3schoolsimage.jpg" download="w3logo">

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HTML a Tag Reference HTML <a> tag

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