HTML a download Attribute

HTML <a> download Attribute

❮ HTML <a> tag


Download file when clicking on the link (instead of navigating to the file):

<a href="/images/myw3schoolsimage.jpg" download>
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Definition and Usage

The download attribute specifies that the target will be downloaded when a user clicks on the hyperlink.

This attribute is only used if the href attribute is set.

The value of the attribute will be the name of the downloaded file. There are no restrictions on allowed values, and the browser will automatically detect the correct file extension and add it to the file (.img, .pdf, .txt, .html, etc.).

If the value is omitted, the original filename is used.

Browser Support

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the attribute.

download 14.0 13.0 20.0 10.1 15.0

Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

The download attribute is new for the <a> tag in HTML5.


<a download="filename">

Attribute Values

Value Description
filename Optional. Specifies the new filename for the downloaded file

More Examples


Specify a value for the download attribute, which will be the new filename of the downloaded file ("w3logo.jpg" instead of "myw3schoolsimage.jpg"):

<a href="/images/myw3schoolsimage.jpg" download="w3logo">
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❮ HTML <a> tag