parse shortcut file (.LNK) for file path

Posted on 2006-07-19
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
Is it possible to parse a Windows .lnk file and retrieve the file path that it points to?
I can do it in Javascript and wondering if it's possible in PHP.

Thanks for your help!
Question by:Caroline_Perkins
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snoyes_jw earned 250 total points
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Sure, it's possible. I don't know of a ready-made solution in PHP, but it should be relatively simple to translate one of the following version from Java or C:
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TeRReF earned 250 total points
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And as long as the PHP script and the .lnk file are on the same computer :)
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Unless you upload it of course...

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you could download ( it's source code )
short example usage: echo `lnk.exe winzip.lnk'
and adjust path it $lnk_exe="lnk.exe";

$lnk="Windows Media Player.lnk";

$ret=`$lnk_exe $lnk`;

 echo "FilePath = $filePath";
 echo "FileName = $fileName";
else echo "Error reading lnk ($ret)";


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