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AEM filter fails to redirect when using "download" attribute in <a> tag


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Problem to solve :  to implement gated content on documents or (assets) tagged with a specific tag,if a tag is used and a self generated cookie in not present i have to redirect the user to a form to complete and on the successful submission of the form a cookie will be created. then the user can download the asset

Ref: How to achieve gated content

html download element :

  <a href="" target="_self" download="doc">


Filter Implementation :

@SlingFilter(order = -700, scope = SlingFilterScope.REQUEST)

public class GatedContentFilter implements Filter {

   private final Logger logger = LoggerFactory.getLogger(getClass());
  private final String TAGSELECTOR = "cq:tags";
  private final String FORMPAGE = "/content/form.html";
  private final String TAGNAME = "derby";

  private final String COOKIE = "TEST"; // eg : cookie name


   public void doFilter(final ServletRequest request, final ServletResponse response, final FilterChain filterChain) throws IOException, ServletException {

   final SlingHttpServletRequest slingRequest = (SlingHttpServletRequest) request;
  final SlingHttpServletResponse slingResponse = (SlingHttpServletResponse) response;

   String path = slingRequest.getRequestPathInfo().getResourcePath();
  if(!path.isEmpty() && path !=null){

  Resource resource = slingRequest.getResourceResolver().getResource(path);
  if(resource != null){

  Asset asset = resource.adaptTo(Asset.class);
  if(asset != null){

  String assetTags = asset.getMetadataValue(TAGSELECTOR);
  if(assetTags != null){

  String[] assetTagsArray = assetTags.split(",");
  if(assetTagsArray.length > 0){

   for(String tag : assetTagsArray){

   if(tag.toLowerCase().contains(TAGNAME)  ) { //and cookie is not present



  }else{"No tags associated with the asset at: " + path);





  filterChain.doFilter(request, response);


   public void init(FilterConfig filterConfig) {



   public void destroy() {



if this is implemented without the download attribute works fine but i need to have the download attribute.


1 Reply


Community Advisor


the HTML spec's download attribute to a elements. When used, this attribute signifies that the resource it points to should be downloaded by the browser rather than navigating to it. That means response header contain content-type as download that's why the filter is not working.

You can remove the download attribute and check the url and if valid send response as download.