In the past I used the HTTP header Content-Disposition to instruct the browser to download a file. I ended up doing this because I knew of no other way for this.

Until today.

I discovered, that the anchor-element has a download attribute.

<a href="35567e83.pdf" download="report-2022.pdf">
  Download Report

By clicking this link, the browser will download the file instead of linking to it and saves it as report-2022.pdf.

The browser support for this attribute is pretty good with support by all major desktop and mobile browsers.

More details can be found at the MDN docs.

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