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How to hide a remote file download link?

Hey all,

I've started using codeigniter a few weeks ago and so far, I'm loving it!

To get to the point:

I have an upload/download script. Files are uploaded to my VPS (other server), while the script is on a shared hosting.

The link to the file is saved in the database. I want users to download the file without viewing my VPS' link/real file location. A method would be CURL I thought, I used some tutorials and it never seems to work.

Problem: I get gibberish on the screen because the header type is never correct, even if I put image/png it will show gibberish instead of the image.

My code is here: (where forced to be image/png to test with pngs which actually didn't work)
function download_file($file)
  $this->db->where('id', $file);
  $query = $this->db->get('files');
  if($query->num_rows < 1)
   return false;
  $query = $query->result();
  $path = $query[0]->link; // The link to the file on the VPS server
  $this->output->set_header("Pragma: public");
  $this->output->set_header("Expires: 0");
  $this->output->set_header("Cache-Control: must-revalidate, post-check=0, pre-check=0");
  $this->output->set_header("Cache-Control: private",false);
  $this->output->set_header("Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=" . basename($query[0]-&gt;link));  
  $this-&gt;output-&gt;set_header("Content-Transfer-Encoding: binary");
  $this->output->set_header("Content-Type: image/png"); //Doesn't even work for png images!
  $ch = curl_init($path);
  //Doesn't seem to work either $mime = curl_getinfo($ch, CURLINFO_CONTENT_TYPE);
  //$this->output->set_header("Content-Type: " . $mime);


have you tried using this helper first ?


[quote author="codeartist" date="1353173503"]have you tried using this helper first ?


Awesome, looks just like what I need!

Thanks Smile

Edit: INevermind it does work! Turns out CURL was echoing the contents which was why headers were already sent Smile.

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