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How to Download Files in Laravel

Last updated on November 24, 2023

To download a file from the server in Laravel 8, you can use the response()->download() method. Here’s an example of how to download a file:

use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Storage;
use Illuminate\Http\Response;

public function downloadFile()
    $filePath = 'path/to/file.txt'; // Replace with the actual file path

    if (Storage::exists($filePath)) {
        $fileName = basename($filePath);

        return response()->download(storage_path('app/' . $filePath), $fileName);

    abort(404, 'File not found');

In the example above, we’re assuming that you have a file located at path/to/file.txt in your Laravel application’s storage directory. You can replace this path with the actual path to your file.

The Storage::exists() method is used to check if the file exists before downloading it. If the file exists, the response()->download() method is used to create a response that prompts the user to download the file. The first argument of response()->download() is the path to the file on the server, and the second argument is the desired file name for the downloaded file.

If the file does not exist, we return a 404 error response using the abort() function.

Make sure to adjust the code according to your specific file location and requirements.

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