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Hi,

How Can I Save a File From My Local Computer to a Internet Address in A Simple Way using HTTP.

I know that there is a simple Way to Save A file from Internet to my Computer using "urlmon" API with the function "URLDownloadToFile".

If there is simple way please notify me.

Using Visual Basic 6

thanks in advance.
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by:jdcsdevx
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There are basically two options.
1) Use some type of ftp component on your local machine
(I unfortunatly don't have any experience with this other than to know that it is an option available to you).  The benefit of this is that you have more control over the process since all code/components would be on your local machine

2) Use some type of upload component/code on the web server.  You can purchase an upload component, or you can get upload code from various sources - I used this code from Asp101.com (http://www.asp101.com/resources/visitors/index.asp?page=2 look for the article called Pure ASP Upload Code) I have used this code on my web server and it works well and its free.  This solution would only work for you if you are able to use Active Server Pages on your Web Server.

I hope this helps.
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by:JonyMontana
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i have a sample on how you can Stores a file on a FTP server maby it will work for you.

Const FTP_TRANSFER_TYPE_UNKNOWN = &H0
Const FTP_TRANSFER_TYPE_ASCII = &H1
Const FTP_TRANSFER_TYPE_BINARY = &H2
Const INTERNET_DEFAULT_FTP_PORT = 21               ' default for FTP servers
Const INTERNET_SERVICE_FTP = 1
Const INTERNET_FLAG_PASSIVE = &H8000000            ' used for FTP connections
Const INTERNET_OPEN_TYPE_PRECONFIG = 0                    ' use registry configuration
Const INTERNET_OPEN_TYPE_DIRECT = 1                        ' direct to net
Const INTERNET_OPEN_TYPE_PROXY = 3                         ' via named proxy
Const INTERNET_OPEN_TYPE_PRECONFIG_WITH_NO_AUTOPROXY = 4   ' prevent using java/script/INS
Const MAX_PATH = 260
Private Type FILETIME
    dwLowDateTime As Long
    dwHighDateTime As Long
End Type
Private Type WIN32_FIND_DATA
    dwFileAttributes As Long
    ftCreationTime As FILETIME
    ftLastAccessTime As FILETIME
    ftLastWriteTime As FILETIME
    nFileSizeHigh As Long
    nFileSizeLow As Long
    dwReserved0 As Long
    dwReserved1 As Long
    cFileName As String * MAX_PATH
    cAlternate As String * 14
End Type
Private Declare Function InternetCloseHandle Lib "wininet.dll" (ByVal hInet As Long) As Integer
Private Declare Function InternetConnect Lib "wininet.dll" Alias "InternetConnectA" (ByVal hInternetSession As Long, ByVal sServerName As String, ByVal nServerPort As Integer, ByVal sUserName As String, ByVal sPassword As String, ByVal lService As Long, ByVal lFlags As Long, ByVal lContext As Long) As Long
Private Declare Function InternetOpen Lib "wininet.dll" Alias "InternetOpenA" (ByVal sAgent As String, ByVal lAccessType As Long, ByVal sProxyName As String, ByVal sProxyBypass As String, ByVal lFlags As Long) As Long
Private Declare Function FtpSetCurrentDirectory Lib "wininet.dll" Alias "FtpSetCurrentDirectoryA" (ByVal hFtpSession As Long, ByVal lpszDirectory As String) As Boolean
Private Declare Function FtpGetCurrentDirectory Lib "wininet.dll" Alias "FtpGetCurrentDirectoryA" (ByVal hFtpSession As Long, ByVal lpszCurrentDirectory As String, lpdwCurrentDirectory As Long) As Long
Private Declare Function FtpCreateDirectory Lib "wininet.dll" Alias "FtpCreateDirectoryA" (ByVal hFtpSession As Long, ByVal lpszDirectory As String) As Boolean
Private Declare Function FtpRemoveDirectory Lib "wininet.dll" Alias "FtpRemoveDirectoryA" (ByVal hFtpSession As Long, ByVal lpszDirectory As String) As Boolean
Private Declare Function FtpDeleteFile Lib "wininet.dll" Alias "FtpDeleteFileA" (ByVal hFtpSession As Long, ByVal lpszFileName As String) As Boolean
Private Declare Function FtpRenameFile Lib "wininet.dll" Alias "FtpRenameFileA" (ByVal hFtpSession As Long, ByVal lpszExisting As String, ByVal lpszNew As String) As Boolean
Private Declare Function FtpGetFile Lib "wininet.dll" Alias "FtpGetFileA" (ByVal hConnect As Long, ByVal lpszRemoteFile As String, ByVal lpszNewFile As String, ByVal fFailIfExists As Long, ByVal dwFlagsAndAttributes As Long, ByVal dwFlags As Long, ByRef dwContext As Long) As Boolean
Private Declare Function FtpPutFile Lib "wininet.dll" Alias "FtpPutFileA" (ByVal hConnect As Long, ByVal lpszLocalFile As String, ByVal lpszNewRemoteFile As String, ByVal dwFlags As Long, ByVal dwContext As Long) As Boolean
Private Declare Function InternetGetLastResponseInfo Lib "wininet.dll" Alias "InternetGetLastResponseInfoA" (lpdwError As Long, ByVal lpszBuffer As String, lpdwBufferLength As Long) As Boolean
Private Declare Function FtpFindFirstFile Lib "wininet.dll" Alias "FtpFindFirstFileA" (ByVal hFtpSession As Long, ByVal lpszSearchFile As String, lpFindFileData As WIN32_FIND_DATA, ByVal dwFlags As Long, ByVal dwContent As Long) As Long
Private Declare Function InternetFindNextFile Lib "wininet.dll" Alias "InternetFindNextFileA" (ByVal hFind As Long, lpvFindData As WIN32_FIND_DATA) As Long
Const PassiveConnection As Boolean = True
Private Sub Form_Load()
    'E-Mail: alonben1@yahoo.com
    Dim hConnection As Long, hOpen As Long, sOrgPath  As String
    'open an internet connection
    hOpen = InternetOpen("API-Guide sample program", INTERNET_OPEN_TYPE_PRECONFIG, vbNullString, vbNullString, 0)
    'connect to the FTP server
    hConnection = InternetConnect(hOpen, "your ftp server", INTERNET_DEFAULT_FTP_PORT, "your login", "your password", INTERNET_SERVICE_FTP, IIf(PassiveConnection, INTERNET_FLAG_PASSIVE, 0), 0)
    'create a buffer to store the original directory
    sOrgPath = String(MAX_PATH, 0)
    'get the directory
    FtpGetCurrentDirectory hConnection, sOrgPath, Len(sOrgPath)
    'create a new directory 'testing'
    FtpCreateDirectory hConnection, "testing"
    'set the current directory to 'root/testing'
    FtpSetCurrentDirectory hConnection, "testing"
    'upload the file 'test.htm'
    FtpPutFile hConnection, "C:\test.htm", "test.htm", FTP_TRANSFER_TYPE_UNKNOWN, 0
    'rename 'test.htm' to 'apiguide.htm'
    FtpRenameFile hConnection, "test.htm", "apiguide.htm"
    'enumerate the file list from the current directory ('root/testing')
    EnumFiles hConnection
    'retrieve the file from the FTP server
    FtpGetFile hConnection, "apiguide.htm", "c:\apiguide.htm", False, 0, FTP_TRANSFER_TYPE_UNKNOWN, 0
    'delete the file from the FTP server
    FtpDeleteFile hConnection, "apiguide.htm"
    'set the current directory back to the root
    FtpSetCurrentDirectory hConnection, sOrgPath
    'remove the direcrtory 'testing'
    FtpRemoveDirectory hConnection, "testing"
    'close the FTP connection
    InternetCloseHandle hConnection
    'close the internet connection
    InternetCloseHandle hOpen
End Sub
Public Sub EnumFiles(hConnection As Long)
    Dim pData As WIN32_FIND_DATA, hFind As Long, lRet As Long
    'set the graphics mode to persistent
    Me.AutoRedraw = True
    'create a buffer
    pData.cFileName = String(MAX_PATH, 0)
    'find the first file
    hFind = FtpFindFirstFile(hConnection, "*.*", pData, 0, 0)
    'if there's no file, then exit sub
    If hFind = 0 Then Exit Sub
    'show the filename
    Me.Print Left(pData.cFileName, InStr(1, pData.cFileName, String(1, 0), vbBinaryCompare) - 1)
    Do
        'create a buffer
        pData.cFileName = String(MAX_PATH, 0)
        'find the next file
        lRet = InternetFindNextFile(hFind, pData)
        'if there's no next file, exit do
        If lRet = 0 Then Exit Do
        'show the filename
        Me.Print Left(pData.cFileName, InStr(1, pData.cFileName, String(1, 0), vbBinaryCompare) - 1)
    Loop
    'close the search handle
    InternetCloseHandle hFind
End Sub
Sub ShowError()
    Dim lErr As Long, sErr As String, lenBuf As Long
    'get the required buffer size
    InternetGetLastResponseInfo lErr, sErr, lenBuf
    'create a buffer
    sErr = String(lenBuf, 0)
    'retrieve the last respons info
    InternetGetLastResponseInfo lErr, sErr, lenBuf
    'show the last response info
    MsgBox "Error " + CStr(lErr) + ": " + sErr, vbOKOnly + vbCritical
End Sub

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by:shmuliky
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I Asked about a way to do it with HTTP and the solution that offerd is with FTP.

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"How Can I Save a File From My Local Computer to a Internet Address in A Simple Way using HTTP."
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