The CreateObject Scripting FileSystemObject is a powerful tool in VBScript that allows developers to work with files and directories on the local file system. It provides a convenient way to perform various file operations such as reading, writing, and manipulating files and folders.
To utilize the CreateObject Scripting FileSystemObject, you first need to create an instance of it using the
CreateObject function. This function takes a single argument, which is the ProgID (Programmatic Identifier) of the object you want to create. In this case, we use “Scripting.FileSystemObject” as the ProgID.
Here’s an example:
Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Once you have created an instance of the CreateObject Scripting FileSystemObject, you can start utilizing its various properties and methods. Let’s explore some of the most commonly used ones:
Creating a File:
- CreateTextFile(path[, overwrite]): Creates a new text file at the specified path. If the file already exists, it will be overwritten if the optional parameter “overwrite” is set to true.
Opening a File:
- OpenTextFile(path[, iomode[, create[, format]]]): Opens a text file at the specified path. The “iomode” parameter determines the mode in which the file is opened (e.g., reading, writing).
The “create” parameter specifies if a new file should be created if it doesn’t exist. The “format” parameter indicates the character encoding of the file.
Reading from a File:
- ReadLine(): Reads a line from an open text file.
- ReadAll(): Reads all content from an open text file.
Writing to a File:
- Write(text): Writes the specified text to an open text file.
- WriteLine(text): Writes the specified text followed by a newline character to an open text file.
Creating a Folder:
- CreateFolder(path): Creates a new folder at the specified path.
Deleting a Folder:
- DeleteFolder(path[, force]): Deletes the folder at the specified path. If the optional parameter “force” is set to true, it will delete all files and subfolders within the folder.
Checking if a File or Folder Exists:
- FileExists(path): Returns true if the specified file exists; otherwise, returns false.
- FolderExists(path): Returns true if the specified folder exists; otherwise, returns false.
Getting File or Folder Information:
- GetFile(path): Returns a File object representing the file at the specified path.
- GetFolder(path): Returns a Folder object representing the folder at the specified path.
These are just a few examples of what you can achieve with the CreateObject Scripting FileSystemObject. It provides a wide range of functionality for handling files and folders, making it an essential tool for VBScript developers. Experiment with its properties and methods to unlock its full potential!
Note: The CreateObject Scripting FileSystemObject is only available in Windows environments and may not work on other operating systems.