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How to offer download of local PDF file in Java?

I have JBoss running as application server and somewhere on my HD there is a PDF file, that gets created when the user clicks on a specific action. Let’s say the file is here: C:/PDF/doonot/10.07.2012/doonot.pdf. How can I offer this file as download? I already did it for a CSV file, but I don’t know how to do it with PDF.

Any help is much appreciated.


as i wrote on Is there a common way to download all types of files in jsp?

you can use something like this:

public HttpServletResponse getFile (HttpServletRequest request ,HttpServletResponse httpServletResponse, .......){
          HttpServletResponse response = httpServletResponse;
          InputStream in =/*HERE YOU READ YOUR FILE AS BinaryStream*/

          String filename = "";
          String agent = request.getHeader("USER-AGENT");
          if (agent != null && agent.indexOf("MSIE") != -1)
            filename = URLEncoder.encode(/*THIS IS THE FILENAME SHOWN TO THE USER*/, "UTF8");
            response.setHeader("Content-Disposition","attachment;filename=" + filename);
          else if ( agent != null && agent.indexOf("Mozilla") != -1)
            filename = MimeUtility.encodeText(/*THIS IS THE FILENAME SHOWN TO THE USER*/, "UTF8", "B");
            response.addHeader("Content-Disposition", "attachment; filename="" + filename + """);

          BufferedOutputStream out = new BufferedOutputStream(response.getOutputStream());
          byte by[] = new byte[32768];
          int index =, 0, 32768);
          while (index != -1) {
              out.write(by, 0, index);
              index =, 0, 32768);

          return response;


Dont forget that you can use the InputStream as this:

// read local file into InputStream
InputStream inputStream = new FileInputStream("c:\SOMEFILE.xml");

or you can use it even like this

//read from database
Blob blob = rs.getBlob(1);
InputStream in = blob.getBinaryStream();