Nov 172011

In developing one of my task management projects I was playing around with creating a tracking pixel that could be used to measure performance. When this pixel was placed on the page, I noticed in Safari and IE the browser would ask me if I’d like to open or save the file.

Safari said:

Do you want to open or save this file?

Name: pixel.php

Type: PHP File

Internet Explorer asked:

Do you want to open or save pixel.php from

Both had the buttons to Open / Save / Cancel


As you can tell, this is not what I wanted to happen, in fact, it would probably scare people away. So I looked to fix it. Here’s the code I was using:

//spit out pixel just in case browsers want it
header("Content-type: image/jpg");

I thought something had to be wrong with the header, and after trying another file type with success, I tried changing the content-type from jpg to jpeg.

header("Content-type: image/jpeg");

Surprisingly enough, that was all it took to fix it. I don’t remember where I got this sample code from, but it was wrong. Content type for JPEGs should be image/jpeg, not image/jpg.

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