how do i force download a file

Posted January 20, 2020 1.7k views
DigitalOcean Spaces

we are setting up a website that hosts mp3 files on spaces. We want it in such way that if the visitor clicks download, the mp3 doesn’t have to open a player. We want instant download

how do we achieve this with spaces?

sample link

with dropbox i could easily add &dl=1

how does it work with spaces?

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What you could do is modify the metadata of the file and set the Content-Disposition which indicates if a regular file should be displayed inline in the web browser or downloaded as an attachment. For more information you could take a look at the official documentation here:

Hope that this helps!

  • Hey,

    I’m using @aws-sdk/s3-presigned-post with node js to generate presigned urls that I use to upload images on the client side.

    I’m able to add metadata fields like content-type and x-amz-meta-help but for some reason not content-disposition.

    This is some of the code I use to generate the presigned url:

    const { url, fields } = await createPresignedPost(client, {
      Bucket: bucketName,
      Key: fileName,
      Fields: {
        "content-type": "image/png",
        "x-amz-meta-help": "No",
        "content-disposition": "attachment",
        acl: "public-read",

    And after I upload an image using the generated url and check the uploaded image in the Digitalocean spaces I can see that it correctly added the Content-Type and x-amz-meta-help metadata fields but not the Content-Disposition.

    Is there any way to set content-disposition metadata without manually changing it through the ui?