Created before 2005, updated 2016

ColdFusion: Force Download of File

I've used this in the past. It's dependent on the file actually existing on the filesystem in the <path-to-file> directory.

<cfset yourFileName="whatever.csv">
<cfcontent type="application/x-unknown">
<cfheader name="Content-Disposition" value="attachment;filename=#yourFileName#">
<cfheader name="Content-Description" value="This is a tab-delimited file.">
<cflocation url="<path-to-file>/#yourFileName#">

From a reader named Joe Velez, in 2005 an improvement:

<cfset yourFileName="download.txt">
<cfcontent type="application/x-unknown">
<cfheader name="Content-Disposition" value="attachment;filename=#yourFileName#">
<cfheader name="Content-Description" value="This is a tab- delimited file.">
<cfinclude template='#yourfilename#'>
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