How to make Apache force download of files (in .htaccess)

Apache: How to make Apache force download of files (in .htaccess)

If you want to force the download of files (octet-stream), you can use this code. Edit the file types as required.

  1. AddType application/octet-stream .doc .docx .xls .pdf

You can use this to force PDFs to download and not show in the browser:

  1. AddType application/octet-stream .pdf

If you want to force other file types (such as Word Document, Excel, etc) just edit the file type

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