Visual Basic Code of the Week (COTW)
Issue #54
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In this Issue

This issue shows how to use the Microsoft WININET.DLL to retrieve a file from an FTP server. It does not use the Microsoft Internet Controls, so there is one less file you have to worry about including with your application.

cFTP class

This class allows you to download a file from an FTP server very easily. We will be enhancing this class in the next issue or two. If you have specific requests, please get them to us as soon as possible at

Basically to use this class you need to set four properties and call one method. The additional properties of this class will be discussed in the next issue. We've included the basics to get you started.

Property Definitions

Public ServerName As String
Public SourceFilename As String
Public DestinationFilename As String
Public BinaryMode As Boolean

Method Definitions

Public Sub OneStepDownload()

This is the method that actually connects to the server, changes to the appropriate directory and downloads a file. It will raise some errors if necessary, such as if the server can not be connected to or the file can not be found.

Sample Usage

    Private Sub cmdDownload_Click()
        Dim ftp As New cFTP

        On Error GoTo Handler
        ftp.ServerName = ""
        ftp.SourceFilename = "/pub/testfile.exe"
        ftp.DestinationFilename = "c:\test.exe"
        ftp.BinaryMode = True
        Exit Sub

        MsgBox Err.Description
    End Sub

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