Jquery – Use jQuery to send Excel data using AJAX


I have the following function that is pulling data from a database. The ajax call is working correctly. How can I send the tab delimited data in my success function to the user? Setting the contect type to "application/vnd.ms-excel" didn't work. The alert on success shows the correctly formatted data.

     function SendToExcel() {
           type: "GET",
           url: "/Search.aspx",
           contentType: "application/vnd.ms-excel",
           dataType: "text",
           data: "{id: '" + "asdf" + "'}",
           success: function(data) {
           error: function (jqXHR, textStatus, errorThrown) {

I don't want to display the data in the browser–I want to send it to Excel.

EDIT: I found a way to do what I wanted. Instead of redirecting the users to a new page that would prompt them to save/open an Excel file, I opened the page inside a hidden iframe. That way, the users click a button, and they are prompted to save/open an Excel file. No page redirection. Is it Ajax? No, but it solves the real problem I had.

Here's the function I'm calling on the button click:

     function SendToExcel() {
        var dataString = 'type=excel' +
            '&Number=' + $('#txtNumber').val() + 
            '&Reference=' + $('#txtReference').val()

        $("#sltCTPick option").each(function (i) {
             dataString = dataString + '&Columns=' + this.value;

        top.iExcelHelper.location.href = "/Reports/JobSearchResults.aspx?" + dataString;;

Best Solution

AJAX is... the wrong choice. Redirect the user to a server resource that will send the data down with the proper MIME type, and let the browser figure out what to do with it.