If I understand what you mean correctly, this is just an ordinary anchor 
(nothing to do with php). For example,
<a href="";>Click to download</a>
When clicked, if ".xls" is in /etc/mime.types as 
"application/    .xls" then it will either download or start 
up the Excel application, depending upon the setting of the user's 
browser. If not in /etc/mime.types, it will probably try to display the 
file in the browser, depending upon the setting of DefaultType in 

Hope this helps.


Kris Vose wrote:

>are there any php functions that handle downloads.  For Instance I want to create a 
>link that contains a url string.  In this string a variable is defined as a file.  
>This file will be downloaded when the user clicks on the link.  How do you handle 
>this file in php?  Is there a function that will do this.  I have tried the copy 
>function but it does not seems to work.

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