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(VB.NET) Download Text File to a String Variable

This example demonstrates how to download the content of a text file from Google Drive into a string variable.

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Dim success As Boolean = True

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

'  This example uses a previously obtained access token having permission for the
'  Google Drive scope.

Dim gAuth As New Chilkat.AuthGoogle
gAuth.AccessToken = "GOOGLE-DRIVE-ACCESS-TOKEN"

Dim rest As New Chilkat.Rest

'  Connect using TLS.
'  A single REST object, once connected, can be used for many Google Drive REST API calls.
'  The auto-reconnect indicates that if the already-established HTTPS connection is closed,
'  then it will be automatically re-established as needed.
Dim bAutoReconnect As Boolean = True
success = rest.Connect("www.googleapis.com",443,True,bAutoReconnect)

'  Provide the authentication credentials (i.e. the access token)
rest.SetAuthGoogle(gAuth)

'  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
'  To download a file, we must know the file ID.
'  In a previous example (see Build Local Metadata Cache
'  we built a local cache to make it easy to lookup file IDs given a file path.
'  Let's say we want to download "testFolder/abc/123/pigs.json".
'  First we lookup the fileId in the cache.  With the fileId, we can download the file.
Dim gdCache As New Chilkat.Cache
gdCache.Level = 0
gdCache.AddRoot("C:/ckCache/googleDrive")

Dim fileId As String = gdCache.FetchText("testFolder/abc/123/pigs.json")
If (gdCache.LastMethodSuccess <> True) Then
    Console.WriteLine("Filepath not found in cache.")
    Exit Sub
End If


'  We need to send a GET request like this:
'  GET https://www.googleapis.com/drive/v3/files/fileId?alt=media
'  The fileId is part of the path.
Dim sbPath As New Chilkat.StringBuilder
sbPath.Append("/drive/v3/files/")
sbPath.Append(fileId)
rest.AddQueryParam("alt","media")

'  The FullRequestNoBody returns the file content in the response body.
Dim fileContent As String = rest.FullRequestNoBody("GET",sbPath.GetAsString())
If (rest.LastMethodSuccess <> True) Then
    Console.WriteLine(rest.LastErrorText)
    Exit Sub
End If


'  A successful response will have a status code equal to 200.
If (rest.ResponseStatusCode <> 200) Then
    Console.WriteLine("response status code = " & rest.ResponseStatusCode)
    Console.WriteLine("response status text = " & rest.ResponseStatusText)
    Console.WriteLine("response header: " & rest.ResponseHeader)
    Exit Sub
End If


Console.WriteLine(fileContent)

Console.WriteLine("File downloaded.")

 

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