How to Create a Download Link in HTML

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If you're a web developer, you know how important it is to create download links for your website visitors.

A download link is a hyperlink that allows users to download files such as images, documents, or multimedia content.

In this short article, we will guide you through creating a download link in HTML.

Create a hyperlink for the file you want to be downloaded. The HTML anchor tag (<a>) creates a hyperlink.

Use the href attribute to define the file path and the download attribute to specify that the target will be downloaded.

<a href="file_path/filename.pdf" download>Download</a>

In the above example, replace "file_path" with the path to the file and "filename.pdf" with the actual name of the file you want to be downloaded.

You can download all sorts of media, such as files with the .img, .pdf, .txt, .mp4, .html extensions.

Once you have created the link, test it to ensure it works correctly.

NOTE: This only works for links on the same origin (so don't try point this at a URL on another site).

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