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Using T-SQL to download file from a webserver

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Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I'm looking to automate the download of a file from a webserver in SQL Server 2005.  

From what I've read it was possible in SQL 2000 to download a file from an FTP site, so I'm sure SQL 2005 has similar capability.

Does anyone know, however, if it's possible to automate the download of a file from a plain-old webserver?  If it helps, this is the file I need: http://torstatus.kgprog.com/query_export.php/Tor_query_EXPORT.csv
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If you have SQL Integration Services installed, you could use SSIS to automate the download, see following link for tips -

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Or, you can simply run a java script which you could create on the fly, or add in arguments to an existing script....

if object_id('js_mydownload_script','U') is not null drop table js_mydownload_script
create table js_mydownload_script (line varchar(255))
insert js_mydownload_script values ('var fso = new ActiveXObject(''Scripting.FileSystemObject'');')
insert js_mydownload_script values ('var xmlhttp=new ActiveXObject("microsoft.xmlhttp");')
insert js_mydownload_script values ('xmlhttp.open("GET", "http://torstatus.kgprog.com/query_export.php/Tor_query_export.csv", false);')
insert js_mydownload_script values ('xmlhttp.send();')
insert js_mydownload_script values ('var data=xmlhttp.responsetext;')
insert js_mydownload_script values ('var file = fso.CreateTextFile("c:\\ee\\Tor_query_export.csv",true);')
insert js_mydownload_script values ('file.writeLine(data);')
insert js_mydownload_script values ('file.close();')
exec xp_cmdshell 'bcp "select * from mydbname..js_mydownload_script" queryout "c:\ee\js_my_download_script.js" -c -T -CACP'
exec xp_cmdshell 'cscript.exe c:\ee\js_my_download_script.js'
-- or create a java script file - just a text file edited in notepad (from the first var down to the close)
/* this script was found on the web, and if I find the person again, will include their name...
var fso = new ActiveXObject('Scripting.FileSystemObject');
var args = WScript.Arguments;
var url = args(0);
var fileName = args(1);
var xmlhttp=new ActiveXObject("microsoft.xmlhttp");
xmlhttp.open("GET", url, false);
var data=xmlhttp.responsetext;
var file = fso.CreateTextFile(fileName, 2);
-- then your sql becomes even easier :
exec xp_cmdshell 'cscript c:\ee\js_download_script.js http://torstatus.kgprog.com/query_export.php/Tor_query_export.csv c:\ee\Tor_query_export.csv'

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Thanks, guys!

Reb, that appears to be a script to download a file from an FTP server, whereas I need to download a file via a webserver.

Mark_willis, your script works great for saving the downloaded file to a local drive, but I need to save it to a network share - is there a trick for doing that?  I've tried using both the drive letter and the UNC path to no avail.

Here's my js_my_download_script.js (I'm seeing a "path not found" error):

var fso = new ActiveXObject('Scripting.FileSystemObject');
var xmlhttp=new ActiveXObject("microsoft.xmlhttp");
xmlhttp.open("GET", "http://torstatus.kgprog.com/query_export.php/Tor_query_export.csv", false);
var data=xmlhttp.responsetext;

dt = new Date();
month = dt.getMonth() +1
date = dt.getDate()
year = dt.getFullYear()

var fileloc = "\\myshare\\myfolder\\Tor IPs" + "Tor_query_export" + "-" + month + "-" + date + "-" + year
var file = fso.CreateTextFile(fileloc,true);

Thanks again!
Mark WillsTopic Advisor, Page Editor
Distinguished Expert 2018

Is that network share known to the SQL Server user - ie the one who starts it up as a server ?

Also the backslash is an escape character in JS, so you need an extra one and I don't think there is enough in your fileloc variable to begin with...

You can play in a command window by simply running the cscript command until it is working OK.


Ahh, that's it - I needed two extra \\ before myshare.

Thanks again!
Mark WillsTopic Advisor, Page Editor
Distinguished Expert 2018

Pleasure, glad to see it working...
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