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The following files are provided to allow .NET use:

  • AutoItX3.Assembly.dll - The .NET Assembly for using AutoItX.
  • AutoItX3.Assembly.xml - The Visual Studio Intellisense help file for the .NET Assembly.
  • AutoItX3.dll - The main AutoItX DLL (x86)
  • AutoItX3_x64.dll - The main AutoItX DLL (x64)

Using the Assembly from VB/C# within in Visual Studio is very easy:

  • Add a reference to AutoItX3.Assembly.dll to your project
  • Add a using AutoIt; statement in the files you want to use AutoIt functions
  • Write code like this C# example:
using AutoIt;

...

// Wow, this is C#!
AutoItX.Run("notepad.exe");
AutoItX.WinWaitActive("Untitled");
AutoItX.Send("I'm in notepad");
IntPtr winHandle = AutoItX.WinGetHandle("Untitled");
AutoItX.WinKill(winHandle);
  • Distribute your final executable with the files AutoItX3.Assembly.dll, AutoItX3.dll, AutoItX3_x64.dll.

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nice and easy but got error when run, Autoitx3.Dll can not access.

 reg dll like this "regsvr32 c:\AutoitX\AutoitX3.dll" for use, got an error 

what can i do now for using autoitx in C#

i'm using VS community 2015.

autoit error run.jpg

autoit error reg.jpg

Edited by xhuyvn

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nice and easy but got error when run, Autoitx3.Dll can not access.

 reg dll like this "regsvr32 c:\AutoitX\AutoitX3.dll" for use, got an error 

what can i do now for using autoitx in C#

i'm using VS community 2015.

autoit error run.jpg

autoit error reg.jpg

i was solved this problem. just copy AutoitX3.dll to bin directory and it work like a charm.

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can you please help me, i have the same trouble. added references to dll files, put using statement. but error comes up, it can't find autoit3x dll, whats going on?

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The DllNotFoundException is caused by screwed up assembly dependencies when the dll package was built.  Nuget installer for AutoitX is not working for the same reason (more details here).  Bottom line - Visual Studio doesn't know it needs to copy AutoItX3.dll to the output directory.  It only copies AutoItX3.Assembly.dll, and forgets about the other one.

The easiest solution is ensuring AutoItX3.dll is in your output bin/Debug or bin/Release directory, when you run your program (basically the same directory as your exe).  You can do that by simply placing AutoItX3.dll in the root of your project in visual studio, and then setting its properties to:

Copy to Output Directory: 'Copy if newer'

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Hi can someone enlighten me, I have a current application in autoit that calculate IP address. would I be able to port that to c# using autoitx3.dll then that application can be run off the browser. This is fascinating if true

thanks ahead for any answers

Edited by antonioj84

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I'm not sure what your post is getting at, with "run off the browser".

AutoIt3X allows you to reference the dll in C# and use its functions, which are a subset of AutoIt's native functions.

You wont find UDF functions such as _IE* etc...

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Hi Johnone,

I understand that part, however I mean in that case can the application run from a IIS server, then user can access thru their browser. I want to be able to use the native udf that come with autoit.

Edited by antonioj84

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On 01/02/2016 at 4:18 AM, Eternal21 said:

The DllNotFoundException is caused by screwed up assembly dependencies when the dll package was built.  Nuget installer for AutoitX is not working for the same reason (more details here).  Bottom line - Visual Studio doesn't know it needs to copy AutoItX3.dll to the output directory.  It only copies AutoItX3.Assembly.dll, and forgets about the other one.

The easiest solution is ensuring AutoItX3.dll is in your output bin/Debug or bin/Release directory, when you run your program (basically the same directory as your exe).  You can do that by simply placing AutoItX3.dll in the root of your project in visual studio, and then setting its properties to:

Copy to Output Directory: 'Copy if newer'

This resolved the issue when executing from visual studio, however when the build is put into an MTM build directory the error returns. Have confirmed that the dll is in the build directory.

 

Any thoughts?

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On 18.09.2015 at 6:21 AM, xhuyvn said:

nice and easy but got error when run, Autoitx3.Dll can not access.

 reg dll like this "regsvr32 c:\AutoitX\AutoitX3.dll" for use, got an error 

what can i do now for using autoitx in C#

i'm using VS community 2015.

autoit error run.jpg

autoit error reg.jpg

How can I list all windows with `AutoITX` static field? Seems most of methods are preserved, but `WinList` is missing. 

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Hi,

I tried to select an email in Outlook 2013 but without success. I succeeded with the below code to open the Outlook window and send a TAB

public void Outlook()
        {

            autoit.Run("C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Office\\Office15\\outlook.exe");
            autoit.WinActivate(MessageText);
            
            string windowName = "Inbox - ";
            int found = autoit.WinWait(windowName, "", 10);
            if (found != 0)
            {
                autoit.WinActivate(windowName);
                
                autoit.Send("{ENTER}");
                autoit.Send("{TAB}");

            }
        }

Any idea or sugestion how to do this?

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Using C# from AutoIt and .Net

Now that we can run C# and VB code in AutoIt it could be interesting to see, if we can run the C# code from first post in AutoIt:

using AutoIt;
using System;
using System.Threading;

public class Au3Class
{
  public void MyMethod()
  {
    // Wow, this is C#!
    AutoItX.Run("notepad.exe", "", AutoItX.SW_SHOW);
    AutoItX.WinWaitActive("Untitled");
    AutoItX.Send("I'm in notepad{Enter}{Enter}");
    AutoItX.Send("From AutoItX in C{#}{Enter}{Enter}");
    AutoItX.Send("From C{#} in AutoIt through .NET Framework{Enter}");
    Thread.Sleep(5000);
    IntPtr winHandle = AutoItX.WinGetHandle("Untitled");
    AutoItX.WinKill(winHandle);
  }
}
#include "DotNetAll.au3"

Example()

Func Example()
  ; Wow, this is AutoIt!
  Local $oComErrFunc = ObjEvent( "AutoIt.Error", "ComErrFunc" )
  #forceref $oComErrFunc

  Local $oNetCode = DotNet_LoadCScode( FileRead( "AutoItXTest.cs" ), "System.dll | AutoItX3.Assembly.dll" )
  Local $oAu3Class = DotNet_CreateObject( $oNetCode, "Au3Class" )
  $oAu3Class.MyMethod()
EndFunc

You must copy AutoItX3.Assembly.dll, AutoItX3.dll and AutoItX3_x64.dll to @ScriptDir. And you must copy AutoItX3.Assembly.dll to AutoIt installation folder where AutoIt3.exe and AutoIt3_x64.exe are installed.

The code: AutoItXTest.7z

Edited by LarsJ

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Zag8888,

Look in your AutoIt installation folder, you will find the files in AutoItX subfolder.

M23


Public_Domain.png.2d871819fcb9957cf44f4514551a2935.png Any of my own code posted anywhere on the forum is available for use by others without any restriction of any kind

Open spoiler to see 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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2 hours ago, Melba23 said:

Zag8888,

Look in your AutoIt installation folder, you will find the files in AutoItX subfolder.

M23

I'm having 1 issue,

using Autoit;

IntPtr winhandle = AutoItX.WinGetPos("Google Chrome"); 
            if (AutoItX.PixelGetColor(745 + winhandle[0], winhandle[1] + 55) != 0xFF4DEB)
            {
                MessageBox.Show("text", "text");
            }
            
            

I get always error, what I wrong?

 

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