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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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QuestionCan the results be pushed to an Excel spreadhseet? Pin
popsui14-Oct-08 10:42
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AnswerRe: Can the results be pushed to an Excel spreadhseet? [modified] Pin
Uno198231-Dec-08 9:22
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AnswerRe: Can the results be pushed to an Excel spreadhseet? Pin
Uno198216-Sep-09 10:11
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GeneralI can see nothing happenned=( Pin
nguk30-May-08 16:35
membernguk30-May-08 16:35 
Generalno file found or search in progress [modified] Pin
crichardson1828-Apr-08 7:23
membercrichardson1828-Apr-08 7:23 
GeneralRe: no file found or search in progress Pin
Uno198213-Aug-09 9:42
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GeneralRe: no file found or search in progress Pin
crichardson1824-Aug-09 5:57
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GeneralRe: no file found or search in progress Pin
Uno198224-Aug-09 8:41
memberUno198224-Aug-09 8:41 
Thanks very much. I'll actually be modifying this code once again with 2 new functions. It has been requested by a company I work for to add the ability to build an excel document out of the page results and email this excel document from the webserver. This will change the page into an .asp page using vbscript to call the server side functions for email to build the excel document. I will post the updated page when this is finished. I may actually work on a client side version that continues to use nothing but javascript and activex but more research will be needed on my part to see if this is possible.
Thanks again for validating my time with this application.
GeneralUpdate to sort by date (Delete function added) Pin
Uno19823-Apr-08 6:17
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GeneralRe: Update to sort by date (Delete function added) [I know this code is buggy] Pin
Uno198231-Dec-08 9:56
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GeneralVery Cool Pin
jftejadal28-Mar-08 11:36
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GeneralUPDATE!! Sorting by Date() function Pin
Uno198227-Mar-08 11:23
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Questiondo not work in my computer Pin
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Questionhow to get the textfile from the system without giving the foldername in javascript in dynamically Pin
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QuestionEnumeration error Pin
life_program10-Aug-07 8:30
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GeneralGood Very Good Pin
naimisar25-Jul-07 19:00
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GeneralFinding files without using ActiveX Pin
Keertikiran15-May-07 21:09
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GeneralRe: Finding files without using ActiveX Pin
Uno198213-Aug-09 9:47
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Generala comment from nee_bhatia Pin
Sean Ewington8-May-07 3:29
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GeneralDisplay Files after Sorting. [modified] Pin
Keertikiran3-Apr-07 23:09
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GeneralRe: Display Files after Sorting. Pin
Uno19823-Apr-08 4:14
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QuestionActiveXObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject") in Mozilla Pin
megha.purkayastha29-Nov-06 2:08
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AnswerRe: ActiveXObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject") in Mozilla Pin
Uno198213-Aug-09 9:51
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GeneralFo is NULL or not an object [modified] Pin
Peter from Hungary21-Jun-06 2:49
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GeneralRe: Fo is NULL or not an object Pin
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