I have a visualforce page in which there is a button called download.
If I click that button then it will download all the account records as text file. For this use case how can I implement.
Do not redirect to another visualforce page
Can someone suggest some ideas to implement?

My vfp code:

<apex:page standardController="Account" extensions="AccountDownload" recordSetVar="accounts" sidebar="false">    
    <apex:form >    
        <apex:pageBlock title="Archiver For Account">   
        <apex:pageBlockSection >                
            <apex:commandButton action="{!Download}" value="download" id="theButton" /><br/>    
             <apex:outputPanel id="panel1" rendered="{!ren}">   
                 <apex:pageBlockTable value="{!accounts}" var="ac">    
                     <apex:column value="{!ac.Name}"/>   
                     <apex:column value="{!ac.AccountNumber}"/>  
                     <apex:column value="{!ac.AnnualRevenue}"/>   
                     <apex:column value="{!ac.Phone}"/>   
                     <apex:column value="{!ac.Type}"/>       


   public class AccountDownload {    
    public boolean ren{get;set;}
    public AccountDownload(ApexPages.StandardSetController controller) {
    public PageReference Download(){
        return null;


You would need to create another VF page with contentType="text/csv#filename.csv".

On clicking the download button, from the method you can return a page reference to this new page.

<apex:page controller="AccountDownload" contentType="text/csv#filename.csv" >

<apex:repeat value="{!accounts}" var="acc">

{!acc.Name},{!acc.AccountNumber},{!acc.AnnualRevenue},{!acc.Phone}, {!acc.Type},


You may use the renderAs property of page to set it as "PDF" sothat your page will be rendered as a PDF. another way is to define the contenttype of your page as MS word. so after clicking on "Download" button, the page content will be downloaded as word file.

  • I want to download particular section only Apr 2 '15 at 8:39
  • I want to download that outpanel content only Apr 2 '15 at 9:30
  • 1
    Visualforce does not allow you to download a particular part of page... you probably you will need to create a new page with particular section, set contenttype of new page as word, and navigate to new page on click of download button.
    – Anup
    Apr 3 '15 at 17:51

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