user2801336 user2801336 - 1 month ago 14
C# Question

Downloading of zip file through ASP.NET MVC using DotNetZip

I have created a text file in a folder and zipped that folder and saved @same location for test purpose. I wanted to download that zip file directly on user machine after it is created. I am using dotnetzip library and have done following:

Response.Clear();
Response.ContentType = "application/zip";
Response.AddHeader("content-disposition", "filename=" + "sample.zip");
using (ZipFile zip = new ZipFile())
{
zip.AddDirectory(Server.MapPath("~/Directories/hello"));
zip.Save(Server.MapPath("~/Directories/hello/sample.zip"));
}


Can someone please suggest how the zip file can be downloaded at user's end.?

Answer

You may use the controller's File method to return a file, like:

public ActionResult Download()
{
    using (ZipFile zip = new ZipFile())
    {
        zip.AddDirectory(Server.MapPath("~/Directories/hello"));
        zip.Save(Server.MapPath("~/Directories/hello/sample.zip"));
        return File(Server.MapPath("~/Directories/hello/sample.zip"), 
                                   "application/zip", "sample.zip");
    }
}

If the zip file is not required otherwise to be stored, it is unnecessary to write it into a file on the server:

public ActionResult Download()
{
    using (ZipFile zip = new ZipFile())
    {
        zip.AddDirectory(Server.MapPath("~/Directories/hello"));

        MemoryStream output = new MemoryStream();
        zip.Save(output);
        return File(output, "application/zip", "sample.zip");
    }  
}