Oracle Fusion Middleware Tag Reference for Oracle ADF Faces
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fileDownloadActionListener file download action listener fileDownloadAction filedownloadaction

The fileDownloadActionListener tag is a declarative way to allow an action source (<commandButton>, <commandLink>, etc.) to programatically send the contents of a file to the user, optionally with a specific content type and filename. Since file downloads must be processed with an ordinary request - not XMLHttp AJAX requests - this tag forces partialSubmit to be false on the parent component, if it supports that attribute.

The fileDownloadActionListener uses the native (browser built-in) filedownload popup, so this popup cannot be configured.

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This example sends a simple "Hello there!" file to the user.

            <af:commandButton text="Say Hello">
              <af:fileDownloadActionListener filename="hello_txt"
                                        contentType="text/plain; charset=utf-8"

    public void sayHello(FacesContext context, OutputStream out) throws IOException
      OutputStreamWriter w = new OutputStreamWriter(out, "UTF-8");
      w.write("Hi there!");
      // The stream is automatically closed, but since we wrapped it,
      // we'd better flush our writer

Once the actionListener is processed responseComplete() is called, indicating to the JavaServer Faces implementation that the HTTP response for this request has already been generated (such as an HTTP redirect), and that the request processing lifecycle should be terminated as soon as the current phase is completed (which typically is the InvokeApplication phase).

     // pseudo-code below  
    String filename = getFilename();
    String contentType = getContentType();
    HttpServletResponse hsr = (HttpServletResponse) response;
      if (filename != null)
                      "attachment; filename=\""+encodeHTTPHeaderFilename + "\"");

      MethodExpression method = getMethod();
      OutputStream out = new BufferedOutputStream(hsr.getOutputStream());
      // the method you bound to af:fileDownloadActionListener is called here
      method.invoke(context.getELContext(), new Object[]{context, out});
    catch (Exception e)
      context.addMessage(null, errorMessage);

NOTE: A limitation of the fileDownloadActionListener tag exists in Internet Explorer if the filename is multibyte, like Japanese characters. If the filename is multibyte and does not contain an ascii extension (e.g., .txt or .doc), then the filename will not display correctly in the file download box.


Name Type Supports EL? Description
contentType String Yes the MIME type of the file, for example text/plain, text/csv, application/pdf, etc.
filename String Yes the proposed filename for the object. When set, a "Save File" dialog will typically be displayed, though this is ultimately up to the browser. If not set, the content will typically be displayed inline in the browser if possible.
method MethodExpression Only EL the method that will be used to download the file contents. The method takes two arguments, a FacesContext and an OutputStream. The OutputStream will be automatically closed, so the sole responsibility of this method is to write all bytes to the OutputStream.