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Introduction

In our previous article, we showed how to download a file of any type from a servlet.

Now for zip files, things are a bit different, in this tutorial, we specifically show how to write a zip file to an HTTP response and download it to the browser.

1- Download a Zip file

In order to download a zip file in Java, we need to firstly set the content type of the HTTP response as “application/zip” and then write the zip file to the ServletOutputStream.

The following piece of code can be used whenever we need to download a zip file in Java:

byte[] zip = // your zip file is defined here
 
response.setContentType("application/zip");
response.setHeader("Content-Disposition", "attachment; filename=output.zip");
 
ServletOutputStream sos = response.getOutputStream();
sos.write(zip);
sos.flush();

Summary

Now for zip files, things are a bit different, in this tutorial, we specifically show how to write a zip file to an HTTP response and download it to the browser.

Next Steps

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