aviv aviv - 1 year ago 74
HTML Question

Open a direct file on the hard drive from firefox (file:///)

I have a small php system i created for myself. This system contains a few .doc and .docx file documents. I want to be able to open them directly from the browser and not downloading them.

I created a link:

<a href="file:///c:/mysite/myfile.docx">myfile</a>

But FireFox does not open the link. While
works fine - it offers me to download the file.

Any ideas how can i do it?
Maybe change something in firfox options / security settings?
And if you are at it, is there any chance to do it in IE8?


Answer Source

Although i still think it is a programming question, it was answered here: http://superuser.com/questions/103026/open-a-direct-file-on-the-hard-drive-from-firefox-file

Both Firefox and IE8 support the File URI scheme.

Here are some examples valid for Windows systems, referring to the same file c:\WINDOWS\clock.avi


While the last is the most obvious and human-readable, the first one is the most complete and correct one.

Apparently (from the same url):

Mozilla browsers refuse to follow file URLs on a page that it has fetched with the HTTP protocol.


Mozilla browsers can be configured to override this security restriction as detailed in Mozillazine's "Links to Local Pages Don't Work".