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Direct link to file download

A topic by FRACTiLE Games created 10 days ago Views: 87 Replies: 2
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Is it possible to link directly to a file on itch.io? Ideally I would like to start the download from my game's web page directly with single click while still hosting the file on itch.io and updating itch.io statistics. 

Currently users have to wait for the the itch widget to load on my page, click on it, wait for itch.io page to load, scroll down and click "download" again. It would be nice, if the "download version XXX here" link on my page would jump to game page on itch.io and automatically launch the download pop-up for given file.

Admin

Hey, we don't provide direct links and there are no plans to add this at the moment. We offer free hosting for games with the intention of helping more people discover and learn about itch.io, so we want people to go through our site to download a game. In the long run, this should mean more downloads for everyone. Thanks

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I completely understand that you don't want to support direct file download links that bypass itch.io's page. What I meant was a way to "automatically" open itch.io's download pop-up as if the user had clicked "download now" button on the page.  So the link on my page would still take the user to itch.io, but user would not need to find and click download button again there. After the download user would be left on itch.io page.

I'm just trying to lower the number of user actions from "download version XXX for Linux" link on my page to actually getting the file on itch.io.