Office 2007 Mime-Types for Apache

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Ran into a problem today where users were trying to download Office 2007
documents from a web site, but were prompted to save them as a Zip file.
Turns out the new extensions for Office 2007 documents (docx, xlsx,
pptx, etc) need to be added with a new mime-type for Apache to serve
them up correctly.

It’s a pretty simple fix.

In /etc/mime.types add this:

application/vnd.openxmlformats docx pptx xlsx

Save and restart Apache, then the documents should be handled correctly.


  • Anna

    could you better explain where to change this

  • Will

    Hi Anna,
    The file you need to edit is in the /etc directory and it is called mime.types

    Hope that helps!

  • Paul Blue

    On a WAMP server, it’s under: C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\conf\mime.types

  • Julian Stokes

    Thanks for this. I knew the answer had to be out there somewhere! Will save me from endless conversion of docx to doc format.

  • Tapan Kumar Thapa


    It works..

    Tapan Thapa

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