Download Actions - direct, via summary page, or via download details?

Downloads from the front end may be initiated by either clicking on a Download Button or by clicking on the Download name.

The exact sequence depends on how the jDownloads Configuration has been set up. What happens at the Front End is shown in the following table.

Frontend tab
Downloads tab
detail page?
Use files title
as download
Activate direct
Result of Clicking on Title Result of Clicking on
Download Button
Yes No No Show Detail View Show Summary Page
Yes No Yes Show Detail View Download Occurs Directly
Yes Yes No Show Detail View Show Summary Page
Yes Yes Yes Show Detail View Download Occurs Directly
No No No Inactive Show Summary Page
No No Yes Inactive Download Occurs Directly
No Yes No Show Summary Page Show Summary Page
No Yes Yes Download Occurs Directly Download Occurs Directly

Note: There is one important exception to the above.  If the user has to agee to a licence, complete a CAPTCHA, give a password, or similar then the Summary Page will always appear so the user may respond.

If you use the jDownloads Content plugin then it is preferable to set the 'Use files title as download link? field to Yes.

Also if you are using Alphauserpoints then you need to set Activate Direct Downloading to No as it requires the Summary Page.

Both the Details View and the Summary Page View have their own Download buttons so that ultimately the actual downloading will occur.

What happens at your device end is dependant on what has been setup in the browser. This is not controllable by jDownloads.

Colin Mercer July 2015

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