View Full Version : Download fails on files greater than 10M

03-04-2008, 08:20 PM
Using the following code, files greater than 10Megs do not download. Less than 10 is working. Can anyone explain why? Files that will be downloaded are 5G plus in size.

function download() {

global $_GET;

//Gather relevent info about file
$file = "/user/dac420/tts/incoming/".$_GET['name'];
$len = filesize($file);
$filename = basename($file);
$file_extension = strtolower(substr(strrchr($filename,"."),1));

// Determine correct MIME type

case "asf": $ctype = "video/x-ms-asf"; break;
case "avi": $ctype = "video/x-msvideo"; break;
case "exe": $ctype = "application/octet-stream"; break;
case "mov": $ctype = "video/quicktime"; break;
case "mp3": $ctype = "audio/mpeg"; break;
case "mpg": $ctype = "video/mpeg"; break;
case "mpeg": $ctype = "video/mpeg"; break;
case "rar": $ctype = "encoding/x-compress"; break;
case "txt": $ctype = "text/plain"; break;
case "wav": $ctype = "audio/wav"; break;
case "wma": $ctype = "audio/x-ms-wma"; break;
case "wmv": $ctype = "video/x-ms-wmv"; break;
case "zip": $ctype = "application/x-zip-compressed"; break;
default: $ctype = "application/force-download"; break;


//Begin writing headers
header("Cache-Control: public");

//Use the switch-generated Content-Type
header("Content-Type: $ctype");

if (strstr($_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'], "MSIE")) {
# workaround for IE filename bug with multiple periods / multiple dots in filename
# that adds square brackets to filename - eg. setup.abc.exe becomes setup[1].abc.exe
$iefilename = preg_replace('/\./', '%2e', $filename, substr_count($filename, '.') - 1);
header("Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=\"$iefilename\"");
} else {
header("Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=\"$filename\"");

header("Accept-Ranges: bytes");


//check if http_range is sent by browser (or download manager)
if(isset($_SERVER['HTTP_RANGE'])) {

list($a, $range)=explode("=",$_SERVER['HTTP_RANGE']);

//if yes, download missing part
str_replace($range, "-", $range);

header("HTTP/1.1 206 Partial Content");
header("Content-Length: $new_length");
header("Content-Range: bytes $range$size2/$size");

} else {

header("Content-Range: bytes 0-$size2/$size");
header("Content-Length: ".$size);


//open the file

//seek to start of missing part

//start buffered download

//reset time limit for big files





03-04-2008, 08:25 PM
do a phpinfo() to see what the max_file_downloads size is on the server?

03-04-2008, 08:47 PM
Can you please tell me what the exact value title is. I think its one of these.

upload_max_filesize 100000M
post_max_size 100000M

03-04-2008, 09:21 PM
What is the memory_limit set at?

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03-10-2008, 05:53 AM
The solution is to split the file into chunks when sending. Thanks to everyone for your suggestions.

replace the while() in my above code.

//start buffered download

$total = filesize($file);
$sent = 0;
$blocksize = (2 << 20); //2M chunks
$handle = fopen($file, "r");

// Now we need to loop through the file and echo out chunks of file data
// Dumping the whole file fails at > 30M!
while($sent < $total){
echo fread($handle, $blocksize);
$sent += $blocksize;


03-10-2008, 05:58 AM
So now that I have the download working I need to know why the page is not refreshing at the end of the script. The download happen, then nothing. How do i get the page to continue after download?

03-10-2008, 06:50 AM
I don't see any code that would forward the user there.. but there is an oddly placed exit statement. ;)

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