i have attacment.php like this.


if ( $attachments = get_children( array(  
'post_type' => 'attachment',  
'numberposts' => 1,  
'post_status' => null,  
'post_parent' => $post->ID  
foreach ($attachments as $attachment) {  
echo wp_get_attachment_link( $attachment->ID, '' , false, true, 'Download This Wallpaper');  

this code will print attachment link.

My question is: How to make this link to be single click to download image and save to computer user?

  • What do you mean by 'single click to download'? What is happening right now when you click on the link?
    – tfrommen
    Mar 15, 2013 at 0:01
  • if I click it now it appears to the page where I upload an image, not downloaded. example example.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/filename.jpg link. my question is there a script or combined with the addition of javascript to create this image directly downloaded by the user, without having to right click - SAVE IMAGE AS.
    – Angel
    Mar 15, 2013 at 0:20
  • Well, then this is no WP-specific question. Please have a look over here.
    – tfrommen
    Mar 15, 2013 at 0:27
  • if you could identify your file type of attachment, you could set the page headers of attachment.php to the right mime type and that should force the browser to download (maybe)
    – user10914
    Nov 23, 2015 at 13:27

3 Answers 3


It is possible by using the plugin:


I am here to assist you since I am using the same functionnality in my website (force dowloading of post attachements)


Although it is not WP-specific, here's how to force the user to download an image:

if ( $attachments = get_posts( array(
    'post_type' => 'attachment',
    'numberposts' => -1,
    'post_status' => 'any',
    'post_parent' => $post->ID,
) ) );
foreach ( $attachments as $attachment ) {
    echo '<a href="javascript:void(0);"
        onclick="document.execCommand(\'SaveAs\', true, \'' . get_permalink( $attachment->ID ) . '\');">
        Download This Wallpaper</a>';

Note: the code is untested.

  • i have tested your code, but the Javascript is not work well. how resolve this.
    – Angel
    Mar 15, 2013 at 2:12
  • hi there, with my code above, i want to ask how to open the link in _blank format or open in new tab.
    – Angel
    Mar 15, 2013 at 20:34

Save the following as image.php on your theme:


// This forces all image attachments to be downloaded instead of displayed on the browser.
// For it to work, this file needs to be called "image.php".
// For more info, refer to the wp hierarchy diagram.

// Get the path on disk. See https://wordpress.stackexchange.com/a/20087/22510
global $wp_query;
$file = get_attached_file($wp_query->post->ID);

// Force the browser to download. Source: https://wpquestions.com/7521
header('Content-Description: File Transfer');
header('Content-Type: application/octet-stream');
header('Content-Disposition: attachment; filename='.basename($file));
header('Content-Transfer-Encoding: binary');
header('Expires: 0');
header('Cache-Control: public'); //for i.e.
header('Pragma: public');

// ob_clean(); // Looks like we don't need this

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