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First script here. Thanks for taking the time.

I want to download a file from my dropbox or other cloud file host and I want autoit to read the file and proceed.

Here are the references I've gone through, it's just I'm not familiar yet with autoit so I'm looking for advice:



How would I start out downloading a text file from dropbox and if in the file there is a 1 then it will proceed with the rest of the script if there is a 0 or if the file cannot be downloaded I want it to just end.


Thank you for taking the time to read this and I apologize in advance if this seems very trivial for some but this is my first script and I'm hoping this is the correct place to ask this question.

Edited by swatsapkraz

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Hello swatsapkraz,

What you want to do can be translated to search for "1" in the file and proceed if found, otherwise do nothing (searching for 0 is not needed if 1 is not found).

I created 2 dropbox links, the first one links to a file which contains 1 and the other do not:



Use the following code to download the above files (change $file_url with the link you want to test) and check if they need to be proceeded or not:

#include <File.au3>

$file_url = "https://www.dropbox.com/s/g76mnemzg2lai4z/file_to_NOT_proceed.txt?dl=1"

;downloading the file

$download_result = InetGet($file_url, @scriptdir & "\downloaded_file.txt", 3)

if $download_result <> 0 Then ;if the download worked

   ;checking if there is 1 or 0 inside the file

   $file_content = ""

   _FileReadToArray(@scriptdir & "\downloaded_file.txt", $file_content)

        if IsArray($file_content) then ;if the file is not empty we search inside for 1

            $search_for_number_one = _ArraySearch($file_content, "1", "", "", "", 1)

            if $search_for_number_one <> -1 then ; the number 1 has been found inside the file so it must be proceeded

                msgbox("","","file contains 1 and must be proceeded")


                msgbox("","","file does NOT contain 1 and must NOT be proceeded")




Enjoy :)

Edited by Neutro
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Very nice. Thank you, I did try it and it works flawlessly. 

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@Neutro Try to use some best coding practices.



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34 minutes ago, Danyfirex said:

@Neutro Try to use some best coding practices.

Like this ?:

Global $inetFile = 'https://www.dropbox.com/s/c27k3gv5oanhjvc/file_to_proceed.txt?dl=1'
Global $localFile = @ScriptDir & "\file_to_proceed.txt"

ConsoleWrite("Download File: " & $inetFile & @CRLF)
ConsoleWrite("Save to: " & $localFile & @CRLF)
Global $dlResult = InetGet($inetFile, $localFile, 3) ? "OK" : "Failed" ; Download file
Global $iError = @error, $iKey = "1"
ConsoleWrite("Download result: " & ($dlResult) & " - Error=" & $iError & @CRLF)
If ($dlResult <> "OK") Then Exit MsgBox(48, @ScriptName, "Download file Error: " & $iError & @CRLF & "Link: " & $inetFile)

Global $sFileContent = FileRead($localFile) ;read file to var
If StringInStr($sFileContent, $iKey) Then ; check key
    MsgBox(32, @ScriptName, "OK - Do somethink here") ; OK
    MsgBox(48, @ScriptName, "ERROR - " & $iKey & " is not found")



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