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How to Create a Download URL For Files

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Last updated: Sep 5, 2020

Is there a good way to create the download url for files, that are part of a block-content? I use graphql. the only info i have is the _ref, but how to get the url? With images its simple using urlBuilder… but not working for file assests. Any help is highly appreciated!

Sep 4, 2020, 12:07 PM

try setting this in your _rawContent (block content) query

_rawContent(resolveReferences: { maxDepth: 20 })

Sep 4, 2020, 12:33 PM

in my graphql query i don’t have a _rawContent field… it looks like :

query allPage {

Where should i put maxDepth?

Sep 4, 2020, 12:40 PM

I just meant whatever you use to get your block content data 🙂, I usually use raw fields for that, but I guess you could use normal fields
I have only used graphql from Sanity with gatsby, and the gatsby sanity plugins give new names to some fields, so I may have differently named fields

Sep 4, 2020, 12:40 PM

so that would be “bodyRaw” I belive

Sep 4, 2020, 12:41 PM

thanks but i found another solution using


Sep 4, 2020, 12:48 PM

_const_ parts = parseAssetId(_file_.asset._ref);

_const_ url = buildFileUrl(parts, options);

Sep 4, 2020, 12:48 PM

this kindof works now, but no idea, if this is the official way to do things… Seems like documentation lacks this

Sep 4, 2020, 12:48 PM

Great! resolveReferences should also work, instead of giving you the reference it should give you the data that reference contains.
But it seems like that is exactly what you do with asset utils as well

Sep 4, 2020, 12:49 PM

Thanks for your help 🙂

Sep 4, 2020, 12:50 PM

I’d check out image-url instead :)

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