Clean asset links: Host assets on a site's Custom Domain and don't prepend the names with number ID strings

It would be great if you need to link to an uploaded Webflow resource (ie. a PDF or other) and have it on your own domain and not have the file name be prepended so "pitchscript.pdf" does not change to "872384029387403298wajlhewuhf_pitchscript.pdf". Especially since people want to host with Webflow fully & not have to put it on an external server.

  • Gira Desai
  • Jul 26 2017
  • Richenda Devereux commented
    11 Apr 09:15am

    Please implement this!

    Clients use our site to discover new case studies and publications. We offer full versions via download links on cms pages, and I hate to think of the user experience for them finding these junk PDF filenames on their desktop. It looks unprofessional and they are less likely to re-share with their colleagues in that form.

  • Julian Witzel commented
    5 Apr 04:24pm

    Any updates on this?

  • Yeshai Lang commented
    25 Mar 07:44am

    This can be done with some custom code. Embed the following script after the "Download File" button element:
    <script>

    document.getElementById('downloadButton').addEventListener('click', function() {

    var fileNameWithPrefix = this.getAttribute('data-file');

    var fileName = fileNameWithPrefix.substring(fileNameWithPrefix.indexOf('_') + 1);


    // Decode the filename to replace '%20' with actual spaces

    fileName = decodeURIComponent(fileName);


    // Create a temporary link element

    var link = document.createElement('a');

    link.href = 'path_to_download/' + fileName; // Replace 'path_to_download/' with your actual download path

    link.setAttribute('download', fileName); // Set the download attribute to specify filename

    link.style.display = 'none';

    document.body.appendChild(link);


    // Trigger the download

    link.click();


    // Cleanup: remove the temporary link element

    document.body.removeChild(link);

    });

    </script>

    And create a custom element set as a button:
    <button id="downloadButton" data-file="{{wf {&quot;path&quot;:&quot;file-to-download&quot;,&quot;type&quot;:&quot;FileRef&quot;\} }}" class="button">Download File</button>
    replacing {{wf {&quot;path&quot;:&quot;file-to-download&quot;,&quot;type&quot;:&quot;FileRef&quot;\} }} with the relevant field from your cms

  • Duck Design Studio commented
    19 Mar 08:54pm

    I just wanted to emphasize how important this would be for Webflow users. We're looking forward to this update!

  • Max Blum commented
    21 Feb 01:22am
    It looks like someone created a custom code snippet to solve this problem in Framer... Is this being prioritized here at Webflow or should I start experimenting with Framer for my next client load?
  • James Allen commented
    14 Feb 08:50am

    As an enterprise customer, it's disappointing to see this has been requested since 2017 and has not been addressed yet.


    Please add this to your roadmap. File names should not be prepended with a random string of characters, and we should have the option to have files under our own custom domain name.

  • David Yap commented
    4 Jan 08:51am

    Need this one very badly. Cant be showing webflow or other domain other than our client domain.

  • Drew Norman commented
    8 Nov, 2023 04:37pm

    We need exactly what Kevin has described below. Ay updates on when this will be in beta would be highly appreciated.

  • Asociacion Victoria Kent commented
    21 Sep, 2023 10:03pm

    lo veo totalmente fundamental, esto me limita hacer mucho. Me parece muy poco profesional tener los archivos con ese dominio.

  • Kevin Martins commented
    31 Aug, 2023 04:08pm

    THIS IS CRITICAL

    Businesses need this functionality to link directly to PDFs customers frequently access. We need the following features:

    • Asset URLs need to be customizable and come from our custom domain rather than the CDN domain. This is necessary for SEO, and security concerns (Customers might question wether the asset really belongs to the business if the URLs don't match).

    • Assets need the ability to be replaced whilst maintaining the same URL. Imagine posting the Asset link to external sources and then having to make a revision to the asset. Now you have to go and replace all the extrernal source links. (# of Assets × external sources × revisions and it starts getting ridiculous).

  • Brahim Sliti commented
    30 Aug, 2023 03:26pm

    Hey! New update since my last post on 22nd May: We were so disappointed in my company about this issue so we decided to build this simple and free tool https://cleanassetlink.com to have this issue solved, it's live now and working so well!!

  • Sathish Kumar commented
    17 Jul, 2023 11:16am

    Hello webflow team, Please add this.

  • Revolte Consulting commented
    15 Jul, 2023 03:04pm

    Please the feature is so important and basic.After all efforts of work facing with such problem is not serious.

  • Casey Reid commented
    30 May, 2023 09:13pm

    Webflow people...please address this. I'm surprised this hasn't been worked in yet after years of people asking for it.

  • Brahim Sliti commented
    22 May, 2023 05:32pm

    Hello friends,

    I have the same issue so I decided to build an easy app to fix that problem, I am currently launching a WAITING LIST so if you really want that issue to be solved and have professional and clean URLs subscribe here: https://cleanassetlink.webflow.io/

    See you! 👋

  • Guillaume de GreenGo commented
    19 May, 2023 04:18pm

    This is really basic indeed, such a pain when you make all efforts for having a great experience, clean stuff and your customers download pdf and img with apojnkjfblfd55454dssqdm name in it. 6 years I see this issue is pending, this doesn't sound serious really !

  • Jack Vanstone commented
    31 Mar, 2023 03:51pm

    Need to get on with this one, becoming a joke that assets on my site load from uploads.assets.webflows-nans-garage.org/gibberishnumers32423423423-cleanpdf.pdf

  • ASOTU commented
    21 Feb, 2023 01:23pm

    This is a crucial element to serving images, css, and js with caching and web friendly images. Not sure why it is not included with webflow custom domain plans.

  • Kady Richardson commented
    7 Feb, 2023 08:43pm

    We use PDFs for a lot of our information here and in these cases, the resources in question are PDF documents that have been uploaded to the Resources. Ideally, the slug link would stay the same even if we swap out the PDF that the link directs to. Right now, we have to manually change any button linked to a PDF with the "hard" location of that PDF. It would be much easier to simply edit the resource and change the PDF attached there while leaving all the other fields the same.


  • Rob Boyle commented
    23 Dec, 2022 01:34pm

    This is essential and holding me back from launching a project on Webflow

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