How to Create a File Viewer By Using ASP

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This article describes how to use Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP) technologies to create a generic file viewer by using the Scripting.FileSystemObject.

Important Note

If you use the code in this article improperly, the code can be used to view folders outside of a Web site. For additional information on preventing this, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

184717 AspEnableParentPaths MetaBase Property Should Be Set To False
276548 ASP Error 0131 When Browsing to Database Results Region ASP Page

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Page Viewer Example Code

Use the following steps to create the page viewer ASP page.

NOTE: You must have Basic/Clear Text, Integrated/NTLM, or Digest authentication enabled to use this example.
  1. Open Notepad on a Web server that is running Microsoft Internet Information Server version 4.0 or Internet Information Services version 5.0.
  2. Run the following ASP code:

    <% @Language="VBScript" %>
    On Error Resume Next ' don't worry about errors

    ' turn on buffering
    Response.Buffer = True

    ' make sure that client is authenticated
    If Len(Trim(CStr(Request.ServerVariables("LOGON_USER")))) = 0 Then
    Response.Status = "401 Access Denied"
    End If
    <title>File Viewer</title>

    <h2>File Viewer</h2>

    <!-- show a form to allow users to specify a file -->
    <form action="<%=Request.ServerVariables("URL")%>" method="POST">
    <input type="text" name="FILE" value="<%=Request.Form("FILE")%>">
    <input type="submit" value="View File">

    ' was it a POST request?
    If UCase(Request.ServerVariables("HTTP_METHOD")) = "POST" Then

    ' create object for file I/O
    Set objFSO = Server.CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
    ' open the specified file
    Set objFILE = objFSO.OpenTextFile(Request.Form("FILE"))

    ' output message if an error has occured
    If Err.Number <> 0 Then

    Response.Write "Error trying open the file """ & _
    Request.Form("FILE") & """" & vbCrLf & _
    "Error Number = " & Err.Number & vbCrLf & _
    "Error Description = " & Err.Description & vbCrLf

    ' otherwise show the file

    ' show the page start
    Response.Write "----- START OF PAGE -----" & vbCrLf

    ' loop through the page contents
    While Not objFILE.AtEndOfStream
    Response.Write Server.HTMLEncode(objFILE.ReadLine) & vbCrLf

    ' show the page end
    Response.Write "----- END OF PAGE -----" & vbCrLf

    ' close the specified file
    ' discard the file I/O object
    Set objFSO = Nothing

    End If

    End If
  3. Save the page as "Viewer.asp"in the root folder of your Web site.
  4. Browse to the page through HTTP, and then enter the path of the directory that you want to view. The folder's contents should display.


For additional information on this topic, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

218606 HOWTO: ASP and Scripting FileSystemObject to Create Dynamic TOC
224364 Creating a Directory Browsing Page Using ASP
201133 Scripting Change Occurs When Upgrading from IIS 3.0

Artikelnummer: 272656 – Letzte Überarbeitung: 30.07.2008 – Revision: 1