FileSystemObject contains several collections. Each of these collections contains
information on a particular aspect of the web server's file system. These collections include:
Drives- The various drives on the computer's file system. Include floppy drives, CD-ROMs, tape drives, etc., as well as hard drives.
SubFolders- The immediate subfolders of a given folder.
Files- The list of files in a particular folder.
There are, not surprisingly, three objects, one associated with each collection. These objects are the
Drive object, the
Folder object, and the
File object. It helps
to imagine your file system as a hierarchy, like so:
Note that the
FileSystemObject contains all of the drive, folder, and files information
indirectly. Directly, it contains just the
Drives collection- that is Drive 1 through Drive N.
Drive object in the
Drives collection contains a series of
objects, while each
Folder object contains a
FileSystemObject also contains three functions to retrieve specific
GetFile, respectively. Each of these three functions returns the appropriate object type.
So, if you want to obtain specific information about a particular file (for example, it's last modified
date, or its file size), you can use the
GetFile method to retrieve the
object that represents that particular file.
Note: in your applications, you should alway use the
FileExists method to determine whether or not
a particular file exists before using the
GetFile method. See the
second FSO FAQ for more information on
A complete listing of the
File object properties can be found at:
Microsoft's Scripting Site.
To get a specific folder, use the
GetFolder object. You can then iterate through each of
the files in that folder by using the
Files collection. For example, the following code
will list the files in the directory
Again, your application code should first use the
FolderExists method to make sure
the folder you are trying to obtain with the
GetFolder method exists. (
View a list of the
Folder object properties.)
You can use these collections to iterate through the entire file system of your web server! Two good
article on 4Guys that discuss using these collections are: A Text-Based
Search Engine, and Using the
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