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Re: Can't open file, which i have download from Dropbox using direct download link.

Explorer | Level 4

Hello,

 

the issue here is that the header "content-type" seems broken on the webpage since this week.

It is set to "application/binary" for all file types.

This is the reason that the android dowloadmanager can't open any more downloaded files from shared dropbox links.

Below you will find an example get sent by Postman, where the content-type is clearly wrong.

This was for an PDF but I realiced the same issue with a text file and an apk file.

Could you please inform your development that they broke something with their last update for the webpage last weekend?

 

Regards

postmanpostman

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Re: Can't open file, which i have download from Dropbox using direct download link.

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Thanks! We'll look into it.

You may want to use `raw=1` instead of `dl=1` though, as `raw=1` is meant for displaying file content, and `dl=1` is only meant for downloading:

https://www.dropbox.com/help/desktop-web/force-download

 

The Content-Type is still as expected when using `raw=1`.

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Re: Can't open file, which i have download from Dropbox using direct download link.

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2
Saved me, thanks! We depended on accurate content-type too from dl=1 flag.
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Re: Can't open file, which i have download from Dropbox using direct download link.

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

FYI, this is still broken, at least when trying to download PDF files on Android 8. PDFs shared via links with"dl=0" or "dl=1" download to the device but give a "can't open file" error when I try to open them. The also have a generic icon instead of a PDF icon in the file viewer, so I'm guessing Android is storing the Content-Type type of the download as metadata somewhere. (Emailing the downloaded file fixes it, I assume because the Gmail corrects the Content-Type in the process.)

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