I'm trying to setup a recipe to download a torrent file automatically to my Dropbox. Pretty much like this one but with another RSS source.

This recipe works fine if the entryUrl is a direct download link. But if the entryUrl is using redirection it only downloads a strange binary file. The extension is good but the added file is corrupted and can't be used.

Is anyone getting such a behaviour and knows a workaround?

  • The behavior you're seeing doesn't surprise me. I mean, the IFTTT http client can only be so intelligent. I wouldn't let it follow redirects, either. Who knows where they might lead? (Not to mention the potential for infinite loops.) I'm afraid I don't have a solution for you. You're going to need to find something else which can resolve redirects.
    – ale
    Commented Oct 2, 2014 at 0:02
  • "Who knows where they might lead?" : Users know what they are doing, no? ( ok, don't trust users I know... XD ) Infinite loop can be stoped by adding a limit to redirections number. It doesn't seem like a huge matter to me. Anyway I'm working on something that might help. I'll let you know.
    – Guian
    Commented Oct 2, 2014 at 6:40

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Ok here is what I've done :

(solution for developpers. Needs a php server.)

I've writen a PHP script that get the file through redirection (using cURL) and return it. It's another kind of redirection, but it works well with ifttt.

    //get url parameter
    $url = $_GET['url'];

    // send the right headers
    header('Content-Description: File Transfer');
    header('Content-Type: application/octet-stream');
    header('Content-Transfer-Encoding: binary');
    header('Connection: Keep-Alive');
    header('Expires: 0');
    header('Cache-Control: must-revalidate, post-check=0, pre-check=0');
    header('Pragma: public');
    header('Content-Length: ' . filesize($file));
    header('Content-Disposition: attachment; filename="toDownload.torrent"');

    //then download the new file using curl to follow redirection :
    $ch = curl_init();
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_ENCODING, "gzip"); // Important 
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, true);
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_TIMEOUT, 50);

    $st = curl_exec($ch);


Then I've used Yahoo pipes to modify the torrent RSS feed so each link becomes :

http:// [my.server.url]/thisscript.php?url=http:// the.redirect.url/324pfokT5

it makes ifttt believe its not a redirection and download the good file ! :)

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