[development] How do I send a file to the user?

Peter Wolanin pwolanin at gmail.com
Thu Feb 1 02:14:25 UTC 2007

Having been sorting this out myself recently, i'll also add that you
can look at the locale module for an example of this in core, and
importexport module (and probably several others) for contrib examples
that export CSV or similar files.



From: Moshe Weitzman <weitzman at tejasa.com>
To: development at drupal.org
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2007 17:26:10 -0500
Subject: Re: [development] How do I send a file to the user?
Ernst Plüss wrote:
> Hi
> I want to do the following: The users fills out a form and depending
> on that data an excel export is generated. The user should be prompted
> to store/open the file.
> The code to create the excel data is working fine.
> But I don't know how to do the file sending stuff?
> Is hook_file_download the right way to go? If yes, after I have the
> excel file content stored in a variable how does it get to the
> implementation of hook_file_download?
> Ernst

no, thats not the right function. you just need to send the right http
headers and then print out your excel data. see http://us2.php.net/header.
you can use that function directly. no benefit to going through drupal here.

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