How to download a base64-encoded image?

I have a base64-encoded image from the server for which I want to force the download through JavaScript. Is is possible?



If you want to download it using JavaScript (without any back-end) use:

window.location.href = 'data:application/octet-stream;base64,' + img;

where img is your base64 encoded image.

If you want to allow the user to specify a file name, use the download attribute of the a tag:

<a download="FILENAME.EXT" href="data:image/png;base64,asdasd...">Download</a>
  • Notice: The download attribute is not widely supported.

I found this solution from the sourcecode of how Chrome takes full-page screenshots.

const base64string = "";
const pageImage = new Image();
pageImage.src = 'data:image/png;base64,' + base64string;
pageImage.onload = function() {
    const canvas = document.createElement('canvas');
    canvas.width = pageImage.naturalWidth;
    canvas.height= pageImage.naturalHeight;

    const ctx = canvas.getContext('2d');
    ctx.imageSmoothingEnabled = false;
    ctx.drawImage(pageImage, 0, 0);
    console.log(canvas, pageImage)
function saveScreenshot(canvas) {
    let fileName = "image"
    const link = document.createElement('a'); = fileName + '.png';
    canvas.toBlob(function(blob) {
        link.href = URL.createObjectURL(blob);;


Simple way to do this with Javascript...

    var a = document.createElement("a"); //Create <a>
    a.href = "data:image/png;base64," + ImageBase64; //Image Base64 Goes here = "Image.png"; //File name Here; //Downloaded file


You can try this :

    <!doctype html>
        <meta charset="UTF-8">
        <title>Download Text File DataURL Demo</title>
            body{ font: menu; }
        <script src='//'></script>
        <h1>Download Text File DataURL Demo</h1>
            download("data:application/octet-stream;base64,YOUR BASE64URL", "dlDataUrlText.jpeg", "application/octet-stream;base64");


download tag downloads the image using the script included.

For reference you can try this URL :


If you already have it in base64, add the image tag in front of the base64. attach it to the element

png64 = "data:image/" + png64; 
$('#downloadPNG').attr('href', png64);

Add the file name that you want when downloading to the download tag.

<a download="chart.png" id="downloadPNG">Export img</a>

In my React App, I was getting the base 64 images from an API, I stored it in a global prop and downloaded it with the help of <a> tag.

<a href={`data:application/octet-stream;base64,${this.props.base64image}`} download={"imageName"}>Click to Download the image</a>

At first: This question is extremly browser dependent! I tried many, so I came up to answer this question that way:

You should put the base64-Data inside the src-Tag of an IMG-Element: How to display Base64 images in HTML? Then you can right click the Image and click "Save Image..." (or similar) in these browsers:

  • Chrome 79
  • Edge 44
  • Firefox 71
  • IE 11
  • Safari 13

Also on Android with Chrome and Firefox. Biggest file working was 23 MB PNG-File in IE 11 and Safari 13. But Firefox and Chrome did also work for 86 MB JPEG.


    var a = document.createElement("a"); //Create <a>
    a.href = "data:image/png;base64," + ImageBase64; //Image Base64 Goes here = "Image.png"; //File name Here; //Downloaded file


It is so simple just use function below:

// Parameters:
// contentType: The content type of your file. 
//              its like application/pdf or application/msword or image/jpeg or
//              image/png and so on
// base64Data: Its your actual base64 data
// fileName: Its the file name of the file which will be downloaded. 

function downloadBase64File(contentType, base64Data, fileName) {
     const linkSource = `data:${contentType};base64,${base64Data}`;
     const downloadLink = document.createElement("a");
     downloadLink.href = linkSource; = fileName;;


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