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Advice on best way to open/run a url in the default browser

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Hi all,

Is the following code the best way to handle opening a URL in the user's default browser, or does anyone have a more sure way. The reg value here comes from XP pro, and I'm not sure if it applys to other OSes, or if the %1 parameter would apply to other browser types.

$regVal = RegRead("HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\InternetShortcut\shell\open\command", "")

$regVal = StringReplace($regVal, "%1", "http://www.wpde.com/")

Run($regVal)

Thanks for the input,

billmez

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umm what about

Run(@comspec & " /c start www.wpde.com",@scriptdir, @SW_HIDE)

--maybe?

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umm what about

Run(@comspec & " /c start www.wpde.com",@scriptdir, @SW_HIDE)

--maybe?

~cdkid

I tried that also and it too worked. I question whether opening a hidden command shell is a better way to handle it than reading the reg key and running the default browser directly. That's why I am asking for advice here.

I would appreciate your thoughts on the +/- or both ways.

Thanks,

billmez

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personally, i prefer using a hidden cmd window cuz that's surefire... i dont know if all OSes have that reg key, so that's just the way i'd go. seems more reliable to me

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I use the one in my signature 99% of the time with 2 back ups in case it fails.

If the url string has '%' in it I use:

Local $u_URL_LINK = 'www.yourlink.com/ALPHATEST/return=http%3a%2f%2fyourreturnurl%2ecom'
    Local $OpenUrl = RegRead("HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\https\shell\open\command", "")
    Local $UrlSplit = StringSplit($OpenUrl, '%')
    If IsArray($UrlSplit) And UBound($UrlSplit) - 1 = 2 Then 
        Local $SendUrl = $UrlSplit[1] & $u_URL_LINK & StringTrimLeft($UrlSplit[2], 1)
        Run($SendUrl)
    EndIf

If it does not have a '%' in the string , and my signature DLLCall one has failed, I use:

Run(@ComSpec & " /c Start " & $u_URL_LINK, "", @SW_HIDE)

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I use the one in my signature 99% of the time with 2 back ups in case it fails.

If the url string has '%' in it I use:

Local $u_URL_LINK = 'www.yourlink.com/ALPHATEST/return=http%3a%2f%2fyourreturnurl%2ecom'
    Local $OpenUrl = RegRead("HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\https\shell\open\command", "")
    Local $UrlSplit = StringSplit($OpenUrl, '%')
    If IsArray($UrlSplit) And UBound($UrlSplit) - 1 = 2 Then 
        Local $SendUrl = $UrlSplit[1] & $u_URL_LINK & StringTrimLeft($UrlSplit[2], 1)
        Run($SendUrl)
    EndIf

If it does not have a '%' in the string , and my signature DLLCall one has failed, I use:

Run(@ComSpec & " /c Start " & $u_URL_LINK, "", @SW_HIDE)
Thanks for the response

What are the benefits of using the dll call method over the regread version, and what OSes/browsers does it fail on?

Also, am I missing something or isn't this just an empty string? StringTrimLeft($UrlSplit[2], 1) And if it is,why are you using it there.

billmez

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$url="http://www.autoitscript.com"
run("RunDLL32.EXE url.dll,FileProtocolHandler "&$url)

Steve

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$url="http://www.autoitscript.com"
run("RunDLL32.EXE url.dll,FileProtocolHandler "&$url)

Steve

Will this also work on Win98 and with default browsers other than IE?

Thanks

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