aviv aviv - 15 days ago 5
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
href="http://localhost/myfile.docx"
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?

Thanks.

Answer

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

file://localhost/c|/WINDOWS/clock.avi
file:///c|/WINDOWS/clock.avi
file://localhost/c:/WINDOWS/clock.avi
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.

but:

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

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