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Downloads the .html file instead of opening it




10 years ago
8 years ago


(Reporter: Pétur Þór Haraldsson, Unassigned)


3.0 Branch
Windows Vista

Firefox Tracking Flags

(Not tracked)


(Whiteboard: [CLOSEME 2010-11-01])



10 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9) Gecko/2008052906 Firefox/3.0
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9) Gecko/2008052906 Firefox/3.0

After clicking on a website link Firefox will proceed to downloading the .html file via. the Download manager instead of opening the .html file in a new tab, or in the current tab.

The problem is seemingly random, but does seem to occur more often when going through lists, such as different pages within Google search results and alike.

Reproducible: Sometimes

Steps to Reproduce:
Since the bug appears to come up randomly, recreating is rather difficult.
Actual Results:  
Download manager downloads the .html file.

Expected Results:  
Firefox opens the .html file.

This bug has occurred for me on two different machines on both Windows Vista & Windows XP.


10 years ago
Version: unspecified → 3.0 Branch

Comment 1

10 years ago
This can happen if the website doesn't use the text/html MIME-type, but the application/octet-stream one, which is the default in some webservers. But then it's due to a misconfiguration of the webserver.

Can you show an exmaple of such a website ?

Comment 2

10 years ago
(Links on the community portal section always pops up to download instead showing
I show them in new tab by "Open link in new tab" function)

(When I upload files to these sites, always pops up to download when download completes)
This is a mass search for Firefox General bugs filed against version 3.0 that are UNCO and have not been changed for 200 days.

Reporter, please update to Firefox 3.6.10 or alter. Firefox 3.0 is no longer supported and is no longer receiving updates. After you update, please create a fresh profile, http://support.mozilla.com/kb/managing+profiles, and test to see if your bug still exists. If you still the bug, then please post a comment with the version you tested against, and the problem. If the issue is no longer there, please set the RESOLUTION to  RESOLVED, WORKSFORME.
Whiteboard: [CLOSEME 2010-11-01]
No reply from reporter, INCOMPLETE. Please retest with Firefox 3.6.12 or later and a new profile (http://support.mozilla.com/kb/Managing+profiles). If you continue to see this issue with the newest firefox and a new profile, then please comment on this bug.
Last Resolved: 8 years ago
Resolution: --- → INCOMPLETE
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