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Posted 3 Jun 2004

Reading Files in ASP and How to Search for a particular text in all files in a specific directory.

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This article gives an introduction to the FileSystemObject using ASP, about how to create/modify/delete files, and a sample to find a particular string in all files in a specific folder.


FileSystemObject provides access to a computer's file system. Some of the common tasks that can be performed using FileSystemObject are to check for a particular folder, drive, or file, and create/modify/delete files (if you have proper folder/file permissions).

Let's Start

To start with, following is the code which describes how to use the FileSystemObject to create a text file, and write some text:

Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set a = fso.CreateTextFile("c:\testfile.txt", True)
a.WriteLine("This is a test.")
set a = nothing
set fso = nothing

You create an instance of FileSystemObject, and create a text file c:\testfile.txt, and write some text into it. The second method to create a text file is by using OpenTextFile method of FileSystemObject object with ForWriting flag.

Const ForWriting = 2
Set a = fsoOpenTextFile ("c:\testfile.txt", ForWriting ,True)

You can use WriteLine or Write method to write the contents. The basic difference between WriteLine and Write is, Write writes with a trailing newline character, and WriteLine without a trailing newline character. You can use WriteBlankLines method to write blank lines.

For example, to write three blank lines, you could use the following:


Following are the modes, by which files can be opened:

  • ForReading (Constant value - 1) - Open a file for reading only.
  • ForWriting (Constant value - 2) - Open a file for writing.
  • ForAppending (Constant value - 8) - Open a file and write to the end of the file.

For example, to declare constant for reading:

Const ForReading = 1

Let's see an example to read a text file:

dim s
Const ForReading = 1
Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set a = fso.OpenTextFile("c:\testfile.txt", ForReading)
s = ts.ReadLine
set a = nothing
set fso = nothing
Response.Write "File Content : '" & s & "'"

For reading contents from the file, following methods will be used:

To read a specified number of characters from a file, use Read method. To read an entire line (all except the newline character), use ReadLine method. To read the entire contents of a text file, use ReadAll method.

Let's have a quick look at how to move, copy and delete files:

  1. To move a file, use File.Move or FileSystemObject.MoveFile.
  2. To copy a file, use File.Copy or FileSystemObject.CopyFile.
  3. To delete a file, use File.Delete or FileSystemObject.DeleteFile.

Following example will show as to how to manipulate a file using File methods:

Dim fso

Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

'Move a File
Set f2 = fso.GetFile("c:\testfile.txt")
f2.Move ("c:\temp\testfile.txt")    ' Move the file to \temp directory.

'Copy file to \temp.
f2.Copy ("c:\temp\testfile.txt")

'Delete File
Set f2 = fso.GetFile("c:\tmp\testfile.txt")

Following example will show as to how to manipulate a file using FileSystemObject methods:

Dim fso
Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

'Move a File
Set f2 = fso.GetFile("c:\testfile.txt")
fso.MoveFile("source_file", "destination");

'Copy file to c:\temp folder
fso.CopyFile "c:\testfile.txt", "c:\temp\"

'Delete File
fso.DeleteFile "c:\testfile.txt"

Sample: How to search for a particular string in a specific folder in all files

Form to accept the string will be as follows:

<FORM METHOD=POST id=form1 action="searchresult.asp"
                       name=form1 onsubmit="return Check();">
  Enter text to search for:

To search for a string in particular folder, following is the code: (searchresults.asp)

'Search Text
Dim strtextToSearch
strtextToSearch = Request("TextToSearch")

'Now, we want to search all of the files
Dim fso

'Constant to read
Const ForReading = 1
Set fso = Server.CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

'Specify the folder path to search.
Dim FolderToSearch
FolderToSearch = "D:\temp"

'Proceed if folder exists
if fso.FolderExists(FolderToSearch) then

    Dim objFolder
    Set objFolder = fso.GetFolder(FolderToSearch)

    Dim objFile, objTextStream, strFileContents, bolFileFound
    bolFileFound = False

    Dim FilesCounter
    FilesCounter = 0 'Total files found

    For Each objFile in objFolder.Files
        Set objTextStream = fso.OpenTextFile(objFile.Path,ForReading)
        'Read the content
        strFileContents = objTextStream.ReadAll
        If InStr(1,strFileContents,strtextToSearch,1) then
           Response.Write objFile.Name & "<br>"
           FilesCounter = FilesCounter + 1
        End If

    if FilesCounter = 0 then
        Response.Write "Sorry, No matches found."
        Response.Write "Total files found : " & FilesCounter
    end if

    'Destroy the objects
    Set objTextStream = Nothing
    Set objFolder = Nothing

    Response.Write "Sorry, invalid folder name"
end if
Set fso = Nothing


This article gives you a brief introduction about FileSystemObject, how to create/delete text files, and an example of how to use FileSystemObject to search for a particular string in all files located in a specific folder.



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