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How to download an XML file from a url and save it into local drive

Posted on 2009-05-08
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I need a simple script that downloads and xml from a web line and save it into the local drive.


Thank you in advance.



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Question by:ABalfaqih
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by:SalmanZG
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Hope this helps:

MsgBox getWebPage("http://www.google.com")


Function getWebPage(url)
      Set xmlhttp = CreateObject("msxml2.xmlhttp.3.0")
      xmlhttp.open "get", url, False
      xmlhttp.send
      getWebPage = xmlhttp.responseText
End Function
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by:SalmanZG
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Just to make solution complete ... saveFile sub included.

x = getWebPage("http://www.google.com")
saveFile "C:\temp\test2.html", x

Function getWebPage(url)
      Set xmlhttp = CreateObject("msxml2.xmlhttp.3.0")
      xmlhttp.open "get", url, False
      xmlhttp.send
      getWebPage = xmlhttp.responseText
      Set xmlhttp = Nothing
End Function

Sub saveFile(fileName, content)
    Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
    Set t = fso.OpenTextFile(fileName, 8, True)
    t.WriteLine (content)
    t.Close
    Set t = Nothing
    Set fso = Nothing
End Sub
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by:ABalfaqih
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Thank you for the quick reply.
I was thinking of downloading an xml file like this (http://thestar.com.my/rss/worldupdates.xml) into my local drive, and saved as an .xml file.

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by:SalmanZG
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This will work fine - simply put your url as the parameter of the getWebPage function.

x = getWebPage("http://thestar.com.my/rss/worldupdates.xml")
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Nas-Banov earned 125 total points
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Just open the URL (http://thestar.com.my/rss/worldupdates.xml) in a browser (IE or Firefox), right-click "View Source" and from there File / Save As... and select where to save the XML file.
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by:ABalfaqih
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Great, it is a lot simple than I thought. Thanks.
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by:ABalfaqih
ID: 24344038
Nas,

I needed the script as I pass the values of the url and path in the local drive using another software. It is not done manual.  
I already have another script that I wrote, but wanted to see a different way of doing it.


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by:SalmanZG
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Hi ABalfaqih,
Does my solution satisfies your need? I was wondering about acceptance of solution without the script.
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by:Nas-Banov
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It's unclear what kind of coding you are doing (server-side, client-side, batch etc). This can be written differently in different languages. For example, if you have Python installed, try the one below


import urllib
 

f = open ('somename.xml', 'w')

f.write(urllib.urlopen("http://yahoo.com").read())

f.close()

Open in new window

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by:ABalfaqih
ID: 24346329
Salman code was what I wanted to see. And it workded. Nas suggestion was correct but I wanted the script as I was doing some sort of client based application. I have another script that manipulates further the XML.

As of the Python code, I am impressed with so few lines you could do the same. Just to confirm, does it include the saving of the file too?
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by:Nas-Banov
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yes, the python snippet includes the url reading and file writing
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by:ABalfaqih
ID: 24346647
Nas,

I am impressed.You got me interested in Python... it must be one hell of a language. Thanks.
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