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JavaScript jQuery Basics Working with jQuery Collections Stopping the Browser's Default Behavior

Everything works except the download portion.

const $odd = $('a:odd'); const $secureLinks = $('a[href^="https://"]'); const $pdfs = $('a[href$=".pdf"]'); const $pdfCheckbox = $('<label><input type="checkbox">Allow PDF downloads</label>');

$secureLinks.attr('target', '_blank'); $pdfs.attr('download', true);

$secureLinks.addClass('secure'); $pdfs.addClass('pdf');

$pdfs.on('click', function(event) { if ($(':checked').length === 0) { event.preventDefault(); alert('Please check box to allow pdf downloads!'); } });


When I click the pdf link it just takes me to another tab. Ive looked everything over and can't seem to get it to download the pdf.

Any help would be appreciated.

2 Answers

Schaffer Robichaux
Schaffer Robichaux
21,729 Points

Hey Andrew,

I was experiencing the same issue. I believe it is due to a change in browser policy- in my case Chrome V67.0. It's likely that the policy change took place after the video was created.

Hope that helps

Yea I figured it had something to do with my browser. I just wanted to make sure that at least the code was right. I will have to do more research on how to get this to work in updated browser. Thanks!

Thanks Schaffer Robichaux I am experiencing this as well. It makes sense.

Hello, This can be resolved by changing your browser's settings to allow automatic pdf downloads. This link here can help with the settings depending on the browser you are using. Once you change the browser settings, the app should be able to work as expected.