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Secure Download Links

“Secure Download Links” helps you offer downloads in a safe and secure way. You can still offer your downloads the way you have been doing till now. However now your downloads can not be copied or distributed through emails, forums and social networking websites.

“Secure Download Links” Applications

  • To protect downloadable product links accessible through your membership section from being shared through other webpages.
  • To Protect free downloadable product links from being shared through a webpage other than yours so that all users who want to download your product come to your webpage.
  • To prevent sharing of links to paid downloads at social networking websites, forums and from other unauthorized webpages.
  • To offer downloads for files stored on another server as if it was on your own server.

Secure download links script is user friendly and does not hamper or restrict authorized download attempts in any way. It integrates seamlessly with any download system and fits in your website’s layout and flow.

Some Special Features

  • Secure Downloads through your existing system.
  • User Friendly and Easily Customizable.
  • Several Security Measures Ensuring File Security
  • File name and Download URL not disclosed.
  • Download URLS cannot be shared by any means
  • Downloads available through your download area, membership area or webpage only.
  • This script works well with files placed on another server.

Check Out Secure Download Links Demo:

Please see the script working at Demo

You will notice a dynamic link is served instead of download URL . An actual URL or file name is not there even in the source code. If these links are copied they take you to an “Unauthorized Access” page.

Your download links are protected and can not be copied, sent via emails or posted in social sites or forums.

How to integrate “Secure Download Links” with your System?

You can easily integrate this in your project. Broadly the steps are.

  1. Add script url and database information in the settings file.
  2. Add two lines of php code at the top of the page containing your download links
  3. Replace old download urls on the page with new ones. Instructions provided.

Detailed Integration steps are available in the product documentation and there is a quick start guide too. You can use this script to secure single product download, 1000+ downloads or simply a free downloadable file.

It works well with a wide variety of file types:

.ai, .asx, .au, .avi ,.bmp ,.css, .doc, .eps, .exe, .gif, .htm, .html, .ico, .jpe, .jpeg, .jpg, .js, .mid, .mov, .mp3, .mpeg, .mpg, .pdf, .pps, .ppt, .ps, .pub, .qt, .rtf, .svg, .swf, .tif, .tiff, .txt, .wav, .wmf, .xls, .zip.

Updates Jan 31 2014

Added support for relative urls, so that secure download links to the files stored below or above docroot can be generated.

Updates Jan 21 2013

Added a second level in authentication so that the script can work even if browser blanks the referrer.

Updates July 31 2011

Secure Download Links can be used in flash players that are embedded in a webpage to play .swf file.



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Users feedback ( 4 )

  1. admin said:

    Protecting the files inside the downloadable files folder is very important for being able to use “Secure Download Links” in the correct sense.

    A simple solution to protect a folder that contained images or downloadable still allow access to the same file when accessed by your script can work like this.


    it will redirect you to home page so file is not accessible directly.

    When you access it through “Secure Download Links Script” through the demo page.

    it will let you download the file.

    the .htaccess code is below. this .htaccess file is placed inside the sec_files and/ or downloadable files folder.

    RewriteEngine on

    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^/~sec_files/ [OR]

    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^$

    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ [R,L]

  2. 1click said:

    You could also work with http referrer. If visitor is opening download page directly then just redirect…

    Does make sense in some cases.

    • admin said:

      Newer updates let secure download links to work with files stored below root level, so for these type of files if they are placed on same server the htaccess steps are not needed. You have to use the relative urls to files as you build links.

  3. Amy said:

    Hi SixthLife

    Bit confused on what one to buy :-(

    Which of your products would you recommend for these three scenarios?

    The buyer:
    -gets redirected to a webpage to download their purchase
    -purchase is hosted on an Amazon AWS3 URL

    They have up to 14days to download purchase After that link expires
    Unable to share the download page URL because shared link redirects to sales page


    Autoresponder emails have a download link:

    -product hosted on Amazon AWS3 URL
    -link is individual to that email only
    -receiver clicks link
    -product dialogue box opens, with the ‘Save As’ button (MAC or PC)

    They have up to 14days to download. After that link expires
    Unable to forward email because link doesn’t work in CC or FORWARD or BCC or copied and pasted emails. Instead get redirected to sales page or sign up page



    -files hosted on Amazon AWS3
    -only members can download for 365days. If link shared, it redirects to course sign up sales page

    Thank you

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