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Find Files with JavaScript

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Find files or directory in client or server site with JavaScript

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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 to know whether the directory exists, 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. Enumerators 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 is 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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QuestionSelect Files Pin
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Questionvery good Pin
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Answergood work Pin
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Questiongvbfgkfbf Pin
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QuestionSubFolders Pin
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QuestionCan not find the file when i'm run pass IIS web server Pin
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Questionrecurse Pin
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QuestionERROR .........resultset not positioned properly Pin
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Bugerror Pin
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GeneralRe: error Pin
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GeneralRe: error Pin
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Questionthanks mate Pin
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
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QuestionHow to add view option Pin
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QuestionHow to upload these files Pin
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QuestionCan this script be used to search .avi files? Pin
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GeneralMy vote of 1 Pin
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GeneralUpdate!! - Export to excel spreadsheet added!! Pin
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GeneralFIXED!!! New Windows Update Breaks ActiveX security fuctions Pin
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GeneralFixed all bugs (toggle and path reset) known issue with script timeout Pin
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GeneralRe: Fixed all bugs (toggle and path reset) known issue with script timeout Pin
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GeneralRe: Fixed all bugs (toggle and path reset) known issue with script timeout Pin
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GeneralThere are 2 bugs left in my source code. Pin
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QuestionHI, can i link results to the files!? Pin
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AnswerRe: HI, can i link results to the files!? Pin
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