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I want to scan certain folders, like the desktop, downloads, home folder for certain file types such as : .exe, .jpg, .png etc..

Then i want to list all the files in an alphanumerical order.

It'll basically be a basic file explorer, in case you cant find like a certain file... also i'd like to search for sub directories, under like desktop or download folders.

I'd really appreciate help on this!

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tylerh27,

Take a look at my ChooseFileFolder UDF - you can find the link in my sig below. It will give you a file tree with plenty of customisation options. :)

If you want to write your own version, my RecFileListToArray UDF will give you an array of all the files on the path - it is what I use to produce the tree in the other UDF. ;)

And please ask if you have any questions about either of them. :)

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ArrayMultiColSort ---- Sort arrays on multiple columns
ChooseFileFolder ---- Single and multiple selections from specified path treeview listing
Date_Time_Convert -- Easily convert date/time formats, including the language used
ExtMsgBox --------- A highly customisable replacement for MsgBox
GUIExtender -------- Extend and retract multiple sections within a GUI
GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
Marquee ----------- Scrolling tickertape GUIs
NoFocusLines ------- Remove the dotted focus lines from buttons, sliders, radios and checkboxes
Notify ------------- Small notifications on the edge of the display
Scrollbars ----------Automatically sized scrollbars with a single command
StringSize ---------- Automatically size controls to fit text
Toast -------------- Small GUIs which pop out of the notification area

 

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#3 ·  Posted (edited)

Yeah, i decided to try to do it with my own made script.. so far this is what i have:

; Shows the filenames of all files in the current directory.
Global $ex[3], $err, $search[3], $file
$ex[0]="*.jpg*"
$ex[1]="*.png*"
$ex[2]="*.gif*"
for $i=0 to 2
Local $search = FileFindFirstFile(@DesktopDir & "\" & $ex[$i])
Next
; Check if the search was successful

If $search == $ex[0] Then
$file = filefindnextfile($ex[0])
Else
$err &= $ex[0]
EndIf

If $search == $ex[1] Then
$file = filefindnextfile($ex[1])
Else
$err &= $ex[1]
EndIf

If $search == $ex[2] Then
$file = filefindnextfile($ex[2])
Else
$err &= $ex[2]
EndIf
if $err Then
MsgBox(0, "Error", $err & " doesnt exist")
EndIf

While 1
if $file Then
MsgBox(4096, "File:", $file)
Else
Exit
EndIf

WEnd

; Close the search handle
FileClose($search)

I only have png images in my desktop directory, so it should give me an error for only jpg and gif, and display my png files... can you explain to me what i'm doing wrong? or if possible, some personal help would be greatly appreciated.

Edited by tylerh27

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tylerh27,

some personal help would be greatly appreciated

We do not do that here - the whole idea of the forum is for everyone to see and learn. And do not worry about asking "newbie" questions - we were all beginners once! :D

Why are you trying to code something yourself using FileFindFirst/NextFile when you can use UDFs to do the work for you? If you only want to look in a single folder for a single type of file then use _FileListToArray - if you want something rather more flexible then my _RecFileListToArray UDF has lots more options (scan the whole tree, look for multiple file types, etc, etc). One of the great things about AutoIt is the ease with which you can use UDFs developed by others in your code. :thumbsup:

As to the code you posted, I believe you can only have one search handle open at any one time, so you would need to put the whole search inside the For...Next loop. But try using the UDFS - it is much simpler - here it is with _FileListToArray:

#include <File.au3>
#include <Array.au3>

; Shows the filenames of jpg, png and gif files in the current directory.
Global $aJPG, $aPNG, $aGIF

$aJPG = _FileListToArray(@DesktopCommonDir, "*.jpg*", 1)
If IsArray($aJPG) Then
    _ArrayDisplay($aJPG)
Else
    MsgBox(0, "Desktop", "No JPG files found")
EndIf

$aJPG = _FileListToArray(@DesktopCommonDir, "*.png*", 1)
If IsArray($aPNG) Then
    _ArrayDisplay($aPNG)
Else
    MsgBox(0, "Desktop", "No PNG files found")
EndIf

$aGIF = _FileListToArray(@DesktopCommonDir, "*.gif*", 1)
If IsArray($aGIF) Then
    _ArrayDisplay($aGIF)
Else
    MsgBox(0, "Desktop", "No GIF files found")
EndIf

And here with RecFileListToArray:

#include <RecFileListToArray.au3>
#include <Array.au3>

; Shows the filenames of jpg, png and gif files in the current directory.
Global $aImages

$aImages = _RecFileListToArray(@DesktopCommonDir, "*.jpg*;*.gif*;*.gif", 1)
If IsArray($aImages) Then
    _ArrayDisplay($aImages)
Else
    MsgBox(0, "Desktop", "No files found")
EndIf

All clear? :)

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Any of my own code posted anywhere on the forum is available for use by others without any restriction of any kind._______My UDFs:

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ArrayMultiColSort ---- Sort arrays on multiple columns
ChooseFileFolder ---- Single and multiple selections from specified path treeview listing
Date_Time_Convert -- Easily convert date/time formats, including the language used
ExtMsgBox --------- A highly customisable replacement for MsgBox
GUIExtender -------- Extend and retract multiple sections within a GUI
GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
Marquee ----------- Scrolling tickertape GUIs
NoFocusLines ------- Remove the dotted focus lines from buttons, sliders, radios and checkboxes
Notify ------------- Small notifications on the edge of the display
Scrollbars ----------Automatically sized scrollbars with a single command
StringSize ---------- Automatically size controls to fit text
Toast -------------- Small GUIs which pop out of the notification area

 

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i got it to work with my own code, but i may use that since its less code..

also, is there a way to scan if there are sub directories? and the sub directories of those ones?

it'd be nice if i could start a scan from root "C:" with a simple code if that's possible, cause i have no idea how to predict folders.

On another note, i'm obviously new to this forum, can you tell me why i have posting limits, and cant send messages?

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tylerh27,

is there a way to scan if there are sub directories? and the sub directories of those ones?

Yes, my RecFileListToArray UDF will let you scan as many levels down as you want - you just need to set the $iRecur parameter. ;)

As to posting and PMs, as a "Normal Member" you should have no posting restrictions - they are only in place for the first few posts. I have checked your PM settings and they are not blocking you - I have sent you a PM, try sending me one back. :)

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Any of my own code posted anywhere on the forum is available for use by others without any restriction of any kind._______My UDFs:

Spoiler

ArrayMultiColSort ---- Sort arrays on multiple columns
ChooseFileFolder ---- Single and multiple selections from specified path treeview listing
Date_Time_Convert -- Easily convert date/time formats, including the language used
ExtMsgBox --------- A highly customisable replacement for MsgBox
GUIExtender -------- Extend and retract multiple sections within a GUI
GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
Marquee ----------- Scrolling tickertape GUIs
NoFocusLines ------- Remove the dotted focus lines from buttons, sliders, radios and checkboxes
Notify ------------- Small notifications on the edge of the display
Scrollbars ----------Automatically sized scrollbars with a single command
StringSize ---------- Automatically size controls to fit text
Toast -------------- Small GUIs which pop out of the notification area

 

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#7 ·  Posted (edited)

I got it working how i want, except for one thing, i just want to display the file names, and i want to excluding searching certain subdirectories, heres my new code:

#include "Array.au3"

#include "RecFileListToArray.au3"


; I scan all folders under the user profile directory for all image files, but i want to exclude the hidden directories such as APPData, but idk how to exclude searching those directories
$aArray = _RecFileListToArray(@UserProfileDir & "", "*.png;*.jpg;*.gif", 1, 1, 1, 0, "", "AppData; Application Data; Cookies; Local Settings; NetHood; PrintHood; Searches; Templates")
ConsoleWrite("Error: " & @error & " - " & " Extended: " & @extended & @CRLF)
_ArrayDisplay($aArray, "Folder recur with filter")

Can you tell me how i exclude those folders from the search?

Edited by tylerh27

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tylerh27,

If you just want the filenames, then set the $iReturnPath parameter to 0.

If you want to exclude certain folders, then you need to set the $iReturn parameter to 0 (files and folders) - this activates the $sExclude_List_Folder parameter to exclude the folders you wish. You will get all the folders returned - but they will all end in "" so they are easy to remove from the returned array.

So using this I get what you say you want:

#include <RecFileListToArray.au3>
#include <Array.au3>

$aArray = _RecFileListToArray(@UserProfileDir & "", "*.png;*.jpg;*.gif", 0, 1, 1, 0, "", _
            "AppData;Application Data;Cookies;Local Settings;NetHood;PrintHood;Searches;Templates")
ConsoleWrite("Error: " & @error & " - " & " Extended: " & @extended & @CRLF)
_ArrayDisplay($aArray, "Folder/file recur with filter")

; Create a new array to hold the images
Global $aImages[UBound($aArray)] = [0]
For $i = 1 To $aArray[0]
    ; If the element is a file
    If StringRight($aArray[$i], 1) <> "" Then
        ; Add to the image array
        $aImages[0] += 1
        $aImages[$aImages[0]] = $aArray[$i]
    EndIf
Next
; Resize the image array correctly
ReDim $aImages[$aImages[0] + 1]

_ArrayDisplay($aImages, "Files only")

Are we there? :)

M23


Any of my own code posted anywhere on the forum is available for use by others without any restriction of any kind._______My UDFs:

Spoiler

ArrayMultiColSort ---- Sort arrays on multiple columns
ChooseFileFolder ---- Single and multiple selections from specified path treeview listing
Date_Time_Convert -- Easily convert date/time formats, including the language used
ExtMsgBox --------- A highly customisable replacement for MsgBox
GUIExtender -------- Extend and retract multiple sections within a GUI
GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
Marquee ----------- Scrolling tickertape GUIs
NoFocusLines ------- Remove the dotted focus lines from buttons, sliders, radios and checkboxes
Notify ------------- Small notifications on the edge of the display
Scrollbars ----------Automatically sized scrollbars with a single command
StringSize ---------- Automatically size controls to fit text
Toast -------------- Small GUIs which pop out of the notification area

 

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#9 ·  Posted (edited)

I got it working somewhat how i want to.. except i have just two little problems.. first, the files show up with a "|" before them, and before the first one, it displays how many results there are, in my case 7.

#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#include <RecFileListToArray.au3>
#include <Array.au3>
Opt("GUIOnEventMode", 1)
Global $search[15]
Global $file[15]
Global $img
Global $list
Global $listarray[2] = ["View Images", "View Excutables"]
$list = ""
For $i = 0 To UBound($listarray) = 2
$list &= "|" & $listarray[$i]
Next

GUICreate("File Explorer", 300, 300)
GUICtrlCreateLabel("File Scanner", 0, 0)
$combo = GUICtrlCreateCombo("", 0, 20, 100)
GUICtrlSetData($combo, $list)
$viewfile = GUICtrlCreateButton("Scan", 120, 20, 40)

GUICtrlSetOnEvent($viewfile, "file")
GUISetOnEvent($GUI_EVENT_CLOSE, "close")
GUISetState(@SW_SHOW)
while 1

sleep(1000)
WEnd

func file()
$x = GuiCtrlRead($combo)
if $x = "View Images" Then
$filearray = "*.png;*.jpg;*.gif"
ElseIf $x = "View Excutables" Then
$filearray = "*.exe"
Elseif $x = "" Then
MsgBox(0, "Error", "You Must Chose A File Type")
Return
EndIf



$aArray = _RecFileListToArray(@UserProfileDir & "", $filearray, 0, 1, 1, 0, "", _
"AppData;Application Data;Cookies;Local Settings;NetHood;PrintHood;Searches;Templates")
ConsoleWrite("Error: " & @error & " - " & " Extended: " & @extended & @CRLF)


; Create a new array to hold the images
Global $aImages[UBound($aArray)] = [0]
For $i = 1 To $aArray[0]
; If the element is a file
If StringRight($aArray[$i], 1) <> "" Then
; Add to the image array
$aImages[0] += 1
$aImages[$aImages[0]] =" " & $aArray[$i] & @CRLF
EndIf
Next
; Resize the image array correctly
ReDim $aImages[$aImages[0] + 1]

$imglist = _ArrayToString($aImages)
GUICtrlCreateLabel($imglist, 0, 40, 300, 300)


EndFunc

Func close()
Exit
EndFunc
Edited by tylerh27

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tylerh27,

the files show up with a "|" before them, and before the first one, it displays how many results there are

You need to read about functions when you use them: ;)

From the header for _RecFileListToArray:

; Return values .: Success: One-dimensional array made up as follows:
;                  |$array[0] = Number of FilesFolders returned

And from the Help file for _ArrayToString:

$iStart [optional] Index of array to start combining at 
-
Return Value
Success: string which combined selected elements separated by the delimiter string.

So you need to set the $iStart parameter to 1 to omit the count element.

And if you do not have a delimiter (which in AutoIt is "|" by default) how can you distinguish between the different filenames in the resultant string? What do you intend to do with the string? You might be better off in some other format. ;)

M23


Any of my own code posted anywhere on the forum is available for use by others without any restriction of any kind._______My UDFs:

Spoiler

ArrayMultiColSort ---- Sort arrays on multiple columns
ChooseFileFolder ---- Single and multiple selections from specified path treeview listing
Date_Time_Convert -- Easily convert date/time formats, including the language used
ExtMsgBox --------- A highly customisable replacement for MsgBox
GUIExtender -------- Extend and retract multiple sections within a GUI
GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
Marquee ----------- Scrolling tickertape GUIs
NoFocusLines ------- Remove the dotted focus lines from buttons, sliders, radios and checkboxes
Notify ------------- Small notifications on the edge of the display
Scrollbars ----------Automatically sized scrollbars with a single command
StringSize ---------- Automatically size controls to fit text
Toast -------------- Small GUIs which pop out of the notification area

 

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ahhh okay lol, the array to string was that was wrong.. it works perfectly now :D thank you so much!

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