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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Servlet – How to Download file using Servlet

In this tutorial we are going to see how to download file from server using Servlet.
1. Create new Dynamic web project by choosing File –> New –> Dynamic Web Project .
2. Create the Project called ServletExample as given below.
Servlet-dynamic web project
3. Create package called com.javatutorialscorner.servlet under ServletExample.
4. Create Servlet called DownloadFileServlet as shown in figure.
Create Servlet
http servlet 
5. Click Next it will show URL mapping.You can edit Servlet URL if you need.
6. Click Next it will show methods available  in HttpServlet. Select appropriate method you need.
http servlet Services
7. By default your servlet will be mapped in web.xml, if your servlet not mapped in your web.xml use the following configuration to map the servlet in your web.xml
Servlet Mapping
    <servlet-name>Your Servlet Name</servlet-name>
    <servlet-class>Fully Qulaified Servlet Class Name</servlet-class>
    <servlet-name>Your Servlet Name</servlet-name>
    <url-pattern>/URL to Call Servlet</url-pattern>


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<web-app xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee" xmlns:web="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee/web-app_2_5.xsd" xsi:schemaLocation="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee/web-app_3_0.xsd" id="WebApp_ID" version="3.0">

8. Add commons-io-1.3.2.jar in your build path, which used to convert InputStream to byte[]

9. Add the required code inside doGet() method.


package com.javatutorialscorner.servlet;

import java.io.FileInputStream;
import java.io.IOException;
import java.io.InputStream;
import java.io.OutputStream;

import javax.servlet.ServletException;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse;

import org.apache.commons.io.IOUtils;

 * Servlet implementation class DownloadFileServlet
public class DownloadFileServlet extends HttpServlet {
 private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;
     * @see HttpServlet#HttpServlet()
    public DownloadFileServlet() {
        // TODO Auto-generated constructor stub

  * @see HttpServlet#doGet(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response)
 protected void doGet(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response) throws ServletException, IOException {
  // TODO Auto-generated method stub
  try {
   // you can use FileInputStream to convert any type of file to
   // InputStream
   InputStream inputStream = new FileInputStream(
     "C://jtc//Water lilies.jpg");

   // IOUtils jar used to convert Input Stream to byte array easily
   byte[] bytes = IOUtils.toByteArray(inputStream);

   response.setHeader("Content-Disposition","attachment; filename=\"Water lilies.jpg\"");   
   OutputStream outputStream = response.getOutputStream();
  } catch (Exception e) {
   // TODO: handle exception

  * @see HttpServlet#doPost(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response)
 protected void doPost(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response) throws ServletException, IOException {
  // TODO Auto-generated method stub


In above program response.setContentType("image/jpeg"); used to specify the MIME type of file tobe downloaded.

response.setHeader("Content-Disposition","attachment; filename=\"Water lilies.jpg\""); Which ask user to save the file in disk with given name.

10. Create html page in WebContent folder


<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1">
<title>Servlet - Download File</title>
<h1>Servlet - Download File</h1>
<a href="http://localhost:8080/ServletExample/DownloadFileServlet">Download</a>

11. Now save and Run the servlet, Run As –> Run on Server – Select your web Server to run the servlet. ( see How to configure tomcat in eclipse) 

12.call the following URL.



imageClick Download Link

Annamalai Thangaraj

Annamalai is working as Technical Lead in Leading Telecom company with 5+ years experience in Identity and Access Management , Telecom and Networks, BigData, Java, Spring, Struts, Hibernate, AngularJS, and Enterprise Web Application Development.

Website: Java Tutorials Corner

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