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(VB.NET) Download Text File into String Variable

Download a text file directly into a string variable.

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' This example requires the Chilkat API to have been previously unlocked.
' See Global Unlock Sample for sample code.

Dim ftp As New Chilkat.Ftp2

ftp.Hostname = "ftp.someFtpServer.com"
ftp.Username = "myFtpUserAccount"
ftp.Password = "myFtpPassword"

' Set other possible settings...
' See http://www.cknotes.com/determining-ftp2-connection-settings/ 
' for more information about FTP connection settings.
ftp.Passive = True
ftp.AuthTls = True

' Connect and login to the FTP server.
Dim success As Boolean = ftp.Connect()
If (success <> True) Then
    Debug.WriteLine(ftp.LastErrorText)
    Exit Sub
End If


' Change to the remote directory where the existing file is located.
success = ftp.ChangeRemoteDir("junk")
If (success <> True) Then
    Debug.WriteLine(ftp.LastErrorText)
    Exit Sub
End If


' Download the contents of the remote file into a string variable.

' The GetRemoteFileTextData method assumes the remote file contains ANSI chars.
' To download text files containing non-ANSI text, such as utf-8, call GetRemoteFileTextC
' instead. (see below)
Dim fileContents As String = ftp.GetRemoteFileTextData("ansiText.txt")
If (ftp.LastMethodSuccess <> True) Then
    Debug.WriteLine(ftp.LastErrorText)
    Exit Sub
Else
    Debug.WriteLine(fileContents)
End If


' To download a remote text file containing utf-8 chars, 
' call GetRemoteFileTextC and pass "utf-8" for the 2nd arg.  This tells
' Chilkat to interpret the incoming bytes according to the utf-8 character encoding.

fileContents = ftp.GetRemoteFileTextC("utf8Text.txt","utf-8")
If (ftp.LastMethodSuccess <> True) Then
    Debug.WriteLine(ftp.LastErrorText)
    Exit Sub
Else
    Debug.WriteLine(fileContents)
End If


success = ftp.Disconnect()

 

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