Maximum file size using the file:// protocol?
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« on: August 02, 2018, 06:03:02 pm »

Hi guys

This one is a little techie but I'm not finding any help regarding it online! So I thought I'd ask any experts on here that might have a clue...

I'm creating a website to display and link all my videos in my collection. For each video I have created an thumbnail sheet and would like to hyperlink this to the actual video file. I know most browsers don't like/allow the file:// protocol, so I'm kind of stuck doing this in IE.  I would prefer to use the file:// protocol so the video can be opened directly in VLC, rather than in a plugin over the http:// protocol (which always seems slow to me, especially when trying to jump ahead).

I've got this working easily enough and when I click on the thumbnail IE prompts to "Open or Save" the file (which is what I want).  HOWEVER, if the file size is over 4GB I get the error "The connection to the website was reset. Error Code: INET_E_DOWNLOAD_FAILURE". To be a bit more precise, a file that is 4,069,561 KB opens fine but a file that is 4,342,036 KB doesn't (I'm assuming therefore it's something to do with a 4,096,000 limit).

The question is, is this a limit of the file:// protocol, or a setting somewhere in IE, or something to do with the web server (XAMPP)? Is there any way of getting round this (apart from re-encoding quite a lot of videos and potentially losing some quality)?

Any help, hints or advice would be gratefully received  Cheesy




« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2018, 06:09:41 pm »

If I am not mistaken, the size limit is 4 GB, or to be more precise, 4,194,304 bytes.

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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2018, 07:37:32 am »

If I am not mistaken, the size limit is 4 GB, or to be more precise, 4,194,304 bytes.

Thanks MrMazda - that's what I was kind of assuming. Damn  blow nose


« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2019, 02:35:55 am »

There exists no such thing as the "file://" protocol. You're just accessing files on your local computer. Using this in a website won't work for anyone but you. (also, if this is strictly for your own viewing you can use relative urls and just open the .html file and it'll work in any browser)
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