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Download a GitHub Release

  • Hey!

    I want to download a release from github via QNetworkReply. Unfortunately, this doesn't work and I even tried to set the User-Agent via setHeader(). I already used QNetworkReply and I already have done the OpenSSL setup and it even worked when I downloaded a test file from my own server.

    What can I do?

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    So you get a redirection. Take a look at QNetworkAccessManager::RedirectPolicy.

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    @FluentCoding What do you want to download?

  • A release, not a raw file :/ Sorry, I wasn't detailed enough when writing the question.

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    @FluentCoding "Unfortunately, this doesn't work" - you should specify in what way it did not work. What did you try and what failed?

  • @jsulm I have tried to download a release in form of a zip file (my file downloader class works - ive already tested it with another files) - the url looks like this: https://github.com/creator/repo/releases/download/version/file.zip. Passing this url to the get method of the QNetworkReply didn't help out so I tried to set a custom user agent header I found on the internet:

                          "Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux x86_64; rv:15.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/15.0.1");

    ... but that didn't work out either. Now I'm confused cuz I don't see a way how to do it.

  • Can anyone help me? :/

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    You should provide a minimal compilable example that shows what you are trying to achieve.

  • @SGaist Really? I mean, isn't it all self-explanatory what I've already told you?

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    You expect me to come up with some code based on your explanations to find what you are doing wrong rather than you taking the time to provide a stripped down version of the code you already use so all the people here can test it and find what is going on ?

  • @SGaist Alright. I'll send some code that explains my problem:


    #include <QObject>
    #include <QByteArray>
    #include <QNetworkAccessManager>
    #include <QNetworkRequest>
    #include <QNetworkReply>
    class FileDownloader : public QObject
        explicit FileDownloader(QUrl url, QObject *parent = 0);
        virtual ~FileDownloader();
        QByteArray downloadedData() const;
        void downloaded();
        void progress(qint64 bytesReceived, qint64 bytesTotal);
        void failed();
    private slots:
        void fileDownloaded(QNetworkReply* pReply);
        void fileProceed(qint64 bytesReceived, qint64 bytesTotal);
        QNetworkAccessManager m_WebCtrl;
        QByteArray m_DownloadedData;
    #endif // FILEDOWNLOADER_H


    #include "filedownloader.h"
    FileDownloader::FileDownloader(QUrl url, QObject *parent) :
        QNetworkRequest request(url);
        QNetworkReply* reply = m_WebCtrl.get(request);
        connect(reply, &QNetworkReply::downloadProgress, this, &FileDownloader::fileProceed);
        connect(&m_WebCtrl, SIGNAL (finished(QNetworkReply*)), SLOT (fileDownloaded(QNetworkReply*)));
    void FileDownloader::fileProceed(qint64 bytesReceived, qint64 bytesMax) {
        emit progress(bytesReceived, bytesMax);
    void FileDownloader::fileDownloaded(QNetworkReply* pReply)
        if (pReply->error()) {
            emit failed();
        m_DownloadedData = pReply->readAll();
        emit downloaded();
    QByteArray FileDownloader::downloadedData() const
        return m_DownloadedData;

    Snippet of my main class:

    auto* downloader = new FileDownloader{"https://github.com/project-slippi/Ishiiruka/releases/download/r18/FM-v5.9-Slippi-r18-Win.zip", this};
    connect(downloader, &FileDownloader::downloaded, [this, downloader, progress](){
                delete progress;
                QMessageBox::information(this, "File Downloaded!", "Your dolphin build has been downloaded!");
                QSaveFile file;
                if (!file.open(QIODevice::WriteOnly)) {
                    return false;
                // START EXTRACTING ...

    And it basically downloads nothing - an archive that basically has this content (just found this out rn:):

    <html><body>You are being <a href="https://github-production-release-asset-2e65be.s3.amazonaws.com/150754152/31122a80-c30f-11e8-944b-c4b3926ee588?X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&amp;X-Amz-Credential=AKIAIWNJYAX4CSVEH53A%2F20200605%2Fus-east-1%2Fs3%2Faws4_request&amp;X-Amz-Date=20200605T192402Z&amp;X-Amz-Expires=300&amp;X-Amz-Signature=909b7333ee38223ea6f6f9f11d18a2860cc3e343d6de452a3aea8632bed8684d&amp;X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&amp;actor_id=0&amp;repo_id=150754152&amp;response-content-disposition=attachment%3B%20filename%3DFM-v5.9-FINAL.zip&amp;response-content-type=application%2Foctet-stream">redirected</a>.</body></html>

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    So you get a redirection. Take a look at QNetworkAccessManager::RedirectPolicy.

  • Alright, thank you so much! It works now!

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