How to add Download Link in Dropzone – PHP

Dropzone is easy to set up on the page and upload files using Drag & Drop or file browse.

File preview display after file upload.

It allows you to add remove file link using addRemoveLinks option but there is no option for adding Download link.

In this tutorial, I show how you can add a download link with file thumbnail in Dropzone container with jQuery and PHP.

1. Download & Include

  • Download the Dropzone library from here.
  • Include dropzone.min.css, jQuery library, and dropzone.min.js in the <head > section.
<!-- Dropzone CSS -->
<link href="dropzone.min.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css">

<!-- jQuery -->
<script src="jquery.min.js"></script>

<!-- Dropzone JS -->
<script src="dropzone.min.js" ></script>

Or you can use CDN –

<!-- Dropzone CSS -->
<link href="" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css">

<!-- jQuery -->
<script src=""></script>

<!-- Dropzone JS -->
<script src=""></script>


Create a <div class="dropzone"> to initialize Dropzone.

Completed Code

<!-- Dropzone container -->
<div class="dropzone"></div>

3. PHP

Create a ajaxfile.php and upload directory to store files.

Assign file upload path in $target_file.

Upload a file.

If file uploaded successfully then return the file path ($target_file) otherwise, return 0.

Completed Code

$target_dir = "upload/";

// Upload file
$target_file = $target_dir . basename($_FILES["file"]["name"]);

if (move_uploaded_file($_FILES["file"]["tmp_name"], $target_file)) {
   echo $target_file;
   echo 0;

4. jQuery

Set Dropzone autoDiscover to false and initialize dropzone on class="dropzone".

Set 'ajaxfile.php' to url option.

Use success option to handle dropzone upload response.

To add a download link create an anchor element if the response does not equal to 0.

Add href attribute where use response as value and set target _blank.

With innerHTML add "<br>Download" text.

Pass anchorEl to file.previewTemplate.appendChild() method to add anchor element.

Completed Code

Dropzone.autoDiscover = false;
   url: "ajaxfile.php",
   success: function (file, response) {
      if(response != 0){
         // Download link
         var anchorEl = document.createElement('a');
         anchorEl.innerHTML = "<br>Download";

5. Output

6. Conclusion

Disable Dropzone auto-discovery and use the success option to create an anchor element for download file. Return file path from AJAX file on successfully upload and use it for anchor href attribute.