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, 25 Mar 2002
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Find files or directory in client or server site with JavaScript


Maybe you want to have list of  server or client files in your web page to uploading or downloading or changing . JScript allow you to do this. You can capture all files type , size , properties in all directories and use them easily. In this sample I use this technique for searching files in local hard drive.

Necessary Attention: your browser should have access to run ActiveX objects. If receive a error message telling "Automatic Server Can't Create Object" you most go to Internet Option and in security tab select custom level in Local part and change options to get effect.

ActiveX Objects

For working with Files and directory you should make a server object as Scripting.FileSystemObject then with GetDirectory() method can get a directory object. If you want know the directory is use FolderExists().

var Fo = new ActiveXObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject");


Enumerators are an array of Directory or File objects such that you can use methods to get special file or sub directory that are in defined path. Enumerator have some methods I have called like atEnd() and moveNext() in my sample.

function FindFile(FOo)
    //Get array of files including in FOo directory object
    var FSo = new Enumerator(FOo.Files);
    // Getting all files in FSo object
    for (i=0;!FSo.atEnd();FSo.moveNext())


Files Object Properties

For getting a object that is in Enumerator object you must use item() and it returns a file or directory object that are in current place of Enumerator. Then you can use Files properties that are listed.

  • Attributes
  • DateCreated
  • DateLastAccessed
  • DateLastModified
  • Drive
  • Name
  • ParentFolder
  • Path
  • ShortName
  • ShortPath
  • Size
  • Type
FSo.item().name // File name
FSo.item().type // Description defining the file extension
FSo.item().size // File size in byte


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AFShin Dehghani
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Comments and Discussions

AnswerRe: HI, can i link results to the files!? PinmemberUno198214-Jul-09 6:35 
GeneralRe: HI, can i link results to the files!? PinmemberRishiRaut23-Jan-11 8:06 
GeneralAdvanced Search including files from subdirectories, progressbar and delete function PinmemberUno19827-Jan-09 7:38 
GeneralRe: Advanced Search including files from subdirectories, progressbar and delete function PinmemberUno198222-Apr-09 5:33 
QuestionCan the results be pushed to an Excel spreadhseet? Pinmemberpopsui14-Oct-08 11:42 
AnswerRe: Can the results be pushed to an Excel spreadhseet? [modified] PinmemberUno198231-Dec-08 10:22 
AnswerRe: Can the results be pushed to an Excel spreadhseet? PinmemberUno198216-Sep-09 11:11 
GeneralI can see nothing happenned=( Pinmembernguk30-May-08 17:35 
Can anyone help me? I tried this code and when I click "scan" button, nothing happened.
Generalno file found or search in progress [modified] Pinmembercrichardson1828-Apr-08 8:23 
GeneralRe: no file found or search in progress PinmemberUno198213-Aug-09 10:42 
GeneralRe: no file found or search in progress Pinmembercrichardson1824-Aug-09 6:57 
GeneralRe: no file found or search in progress PinmemberUno198224-Aug-09 9:41 
GeneralUpdate to sort by date (Delete function added) PinmemberUno19823-Apr-08 7:17 
GeneralRe: Update to sort by date (Delete function added) [I know this code is buggy] PinmemberUno198231-Dec-08 10:56 
GeneralVery Cool Pinmemberjftejadal28-Mar-08 12:36 
GeneralUPDATE!! Sorting by Date() function PinmemberUno198227-Mar-08 12:23 
Questiondo not work in my computer Pinmemberemari216-Nov-07 5:19 
Questionhow to get the textfile from the system without giving the foldername in javascript in dynamically Pinmemberharikagupta2-Oct-07 21:39 
QuestionEnumeration error Pinmemberlife_program10-Aug-07 9:30 
GeneralGood Very Good Pinmembernaimisar25-Jul-07 20:00 
GeneralFinding files without using ActiveX PinmemberKeertikiran15-May-07 22:09 
GeneralRe: Finding files without using ActiveX PinmemberUno198213-Aug-09 10:47 
Generala comment from nee_bhatia PinstaffSean Ewington8-May-07 4:29 
GeneralDisplay Files after Sorting. [modified] PinmemberKeertikiran4-Apr-07 0:09 
GeneralRe: Display Files after Sorting. PinmemberUno19823-Apr-08 5:14 

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