12 days ago by
Click on the archive link a second time, it will show the status of the archive creation. If the message starts with "Exporting History 'test history archive'. " that means the archive is still being created. You can leave a window open and click on the link periodically to refresh the status, or wait a bit and go back to "History menu > Export History to File" to see if it is ready. The larger the history, the large the archive, and the more time it takes to create.
Once ready to download, click on the link to start up an automatic download. This begins with a pop-up where the local destination name/location can be modified. Click on save and the file download will proceed.
The link will not start an automatic download until the archive creation is completed. And the history does not need to be made accessible for download -- it is only needed when importing into another Galaxy server using the link URL using "History menu > Import from File". We include that warning on all archive messages since it is a commonly missed step and clicking on the link (instead of copying it) starts up the download.
If the functionality is not working for you, please share more details. Where are you using Galaxy? Public? What is the URL?
Thanks! Jen, Galaxy team