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How to download file using java restful web services?


You need to do two stpes to download a file from java restful web services.

1) Annotate your service method with @Produces annotation. This annotation should have the file MIME type as a value. For example, if you are downloading pdf file then MIME type should be "application/pdf", incase if you are downloading png image file, then MIME type should be "image/png".
2) In the Response header, set “Content-Disposition” details, which helps to prompt download box on browser.

In the previous examples we have given details of application setup, dependencies, web.xml file configurations: If you want to know about these configuration, please refer these:

Restful web services using RESTEasy hello world example.
Restful web services using Jersey hello world example.

Here is the service class to download file:

package com.java2novice.restful;

import java.io.File;

import javax.ws.rs.GET;
import javax.ws.rs.Path;
import javax.ws.rs.Produces;
import javax.ws.rs.core.Response;
import javax.ws.rs.core.Response.ResponseBuilder;

@Path("/download")
public class RestDownloadService {

	@GET
	@Path("/service-record")
	@Produces("application/pdf")
	public Response getFile() {
 
		File file = new File("C:\java2novice\employee_1415.pdf");
 
		ResponseBuilder response = Response.ok((Object) file);
		response.header("Content-Disposition",
			"attachment; filename=\"employee_1415.pdf\"");
		return response.build();
 	}
}

Try below URL to download file:

http://localhost:8080/RestfulWebServices/download/service-record

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