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You can use Page.getCurrent().open(java.lang.String url, java.lang.String windowName, boolean tryToOpenAsPopup)or open(java.lang.String url, java.lang.String windowName, int width, int height, BorderStyle border): these methods are not (in Vaadin 7.1) deprecated. You can use the URL parameter to call a simple servlet that downloads the requested file. The drawback is that downloading in this way may be blocked by the browser's popup-blocker.