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About Project Downloads

This page describes how to download and upload files for projects on, like the Contrib project.

Note: If you are interested in downloading the NetBeans IDE, the place to go is, where there is a Download NetBeans IDE button. You can also search there for the term download IDE.

Opening the Downloads Page

To see the download list for a project, go to the project's home page and click Downloads in the list of features on the right.

When the Downloads page opens, you see a list of folders and files you can download for the project.

On this page, you can download files, or, if you have permission from the project administrator, you can upload files. By default, only a project administrator can upload files.

Navigating Folders

To open a folder, click the folder name in the list of folders and files. For example, in the following figure, the NetBeans 6.0 folder is the one being opened.

When a folder is open, you see a breadcrumbs list, or path, above the list of files, with the current folder name as the last entry. To navigate to the parent folder, just click its name in the breadcrumbs list. For example, in the following figure, the NetBeans 6.0 folder is open. The cursor is on the parent contrib folder in the breadcrumbs list.

Downloading Files

To download a project's files, first open the download page as described above.

On that page, if necessary, open the folder containing the file you want to download. For example, in the following figure, the NetBeans 6.0 folder is the one being opened.

You can try clicking a file to download it. If the browser opens a dialog asking if you want to save the file, choose the Save option and then choose where to save the file.

If the file opens in a browser window (such as an HTML file containing installation instructions), you can download it by using your browser's standard download features. For example, in the Firefox browser running on Microsoft Windows and Linux, if you go back to the Downloads page and right-click the Downloads link, you can choose Save Link As and then choose the location where the file will be saved. If you're using Internet Explorer, when you right-click the link, the option is Save Target As.

The following figure shows the Save Link As menu option in Firefox:

Adding a File to the Downloads Area

If a project administrator has given you permission to upload files to the project's Downloads area, you'll see Add File / Link for Download on the left above the list of files, as shown in the following figure:

Note: Uploading files for download is not the way to get graphics files on the site for your wiki pages. To do that, you need to have a wiki page open and click Manage Images in the left navigation area as described in Uploading a Graphics File for a Wiki.

To add a file to the list:

  1. If necessary, navigate to the Downloads folder where you want the file uploaded.
  2. Click Add File / Link for Download to open the upload dialog. The following figure shows that dialog with the fields filled in for a sample code file.

  3. You can either upload a file from your local machine or from a URL. Either the Select File field or the URL field is required.
    • For the Select File field, you can click Browse to navigate on your local system to the file you want to upload.
    • For the URL field, enter a URL for the file you want to upload from a web page.
  4. In the Title field, enter up to 100 characters. This field is required. This name is displayed as a link in the Downloads list and must be unique for the list.
  5. In the Description field, enter up to 200 characters of text describing the file. This field is required.
  6. Optionally, in the Tags field, enter search terms that users can use to find the download.
  7. Click Upload to transfer the file to the server.
  8. Check the top of the dialog for the results of the upload. If a problem was encountered during the upload, you'll see an error message similar to the following:

  9. After your file starts uploading, you can immediately reuse the Add File dialog. You see the Upload button at the bottom change to Upload More.
  10. If you want to upload another file, browse for a new file to upload and enter a new title and description. The fields don't change until you enter new information, so be sure to update them before uploading again.
    Note: This feature is especially useful if you are uploading large files that take a while to transmit.
  11. When you're finished with uploading files, click the Done button to dismiss the dialog.


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