How to not download a text file attachment in Jira but view it in the browser?

We attach a lot of log files (.txt) to our jira issues and when I click on them the browser (Chrome and Firefox) only wants to download the file.

I distinctly remember in older versions of Jira or the browswers where you could open the txt files directly in the browser which is much more convienant.

Any ideas?

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You may set "Internet Explorer MIME Sniffing Security Hole Workaround Policy" in Administration -> General Configuration to "Work around Internet Explorer security hole" or to "Insecure: inline display of attachments". You probably have this configured as "Secure: forced download of attachments for all browsers" .

But remember that showing some attachments inline (for example flash animations) may open security holes in your instance.

Does this configuration helped?

I'm on a Mac so an IE solution won't work for me. I'd hate to use IE even if I was on a PC.

I know this use case used to work. I just don't know if the browsers changed or if Jira somehow changed the way it creates the hyperlink for attachments.

Did you check that configuration? It's not only IE related - it works with Firefox, Opera and Chrome and Leopard.

If you have "Insecure: inline display of attachments" set then this may be your browser configuration that causes this behaviour.

I get it now and yes the issue was the 'Internet Explorer MIME Sniffing Security Hole Workaround Policy' setting Jira->Admin->General Config->Options.

It's soooo nice to not have to download a text log file anymore. Thanks!

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Mmm, that's more a function of the browser than the web-application. You should be able to tell your browser to open text files (and almost anything else) in the browser, rather than downloading and opening it.

It's a browser setting, Jira hasn't changed. Firefox still downloads the attachment inline.

Maybe it's your settings and you need to tell Safari that it's a safe file?

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