FtpGetFileEx (Windows Embedded CE 6.0)


This function retrieves a file from the FTP server and stores it under the specified file name, creating a new local file in the process. It differs from FtpGetFile in that it converts a file name that is in MBCS format to DBCS format before getting the file. If support for MBCS files is not needed, use the FtpGetFile function.

  HINTERNET hFtpSession,
  LPCTSTR lpszRemoteFile, 
  LPCTSTR lpszNewFile, 
  BOOL fFailIfExists, 
  DWORD dwFlagsAndAttributes, 
  DWORD dwFlags, 
  DWORD dwContext


[in] Valid handle to an FTP session.


[in] Long pointer to a null-terminated string that contains the file name to retrieve from the remote system.


[in] Long pointer to a null-terminated string that contains the file name to create on the local system.


[in] Boolean that specifies if the function should proceed if a local file of the specified name already exists. If fFailIfExists is TRUE and the local file exists, FtpGetFileEx fails.


[in] Specifies the file attributes for the new file. Can be a combination of the FILE_ATTRIBUTE_* flags used by the CreateFile function.


[in] Specifies how the function will handle the file download. The first set of flag values indicates the conditions under which the transfer occurs. These transfer type flags can be used in combination with the second set of flags that control caching. The following table shows the transfer type values. The application can select one of these values.

Value Description


Transfers the file using FTP ASCII, Type A, transfer method. Control and formatting data is converted to local equivalents.


Transfers the file using FTP Image, Type I, transfer method. The file is transferred exactly as it exists with no changes. This is the default transfer method.




Transfers the file as ASCII.


Transfers the file as binary.

The following table shows the flags that determine how file caching will occur. A combination of these flags can be used with the transfer type flags described in the previous table.

Flag Description


Does not add the returned entity to the cache. Identical to the preferred value INTERNET_FLAG_NO_CACHE_WRITE.


Forces a reload if there was no Expires time and no Last-Modified time returned by the server when determining whether to reload the item from the network.


Causes a temporary file to be created if the file cannot be cached. Identical to the preferred value INTERNET_FLAG_NEED_FILE.


Causes a temporary file to be created if the file cannot be cached.


Does not add the returned entity to the cache. If the INTERNET_FLAG_HYPERLINK is also specified, WinInet will create the cache file but will not commit it.


Forces a download of the requested file, object, or directory listing from the origin server, not from the cache.


Causes the FTP resource to be reloaded from the server.


[in] Specifies an application-defined value that associates this search with application data. This is used only if the application has already called InternetSetStatusCallback to set up a status callback function. All status requests are handled synchronously.

TRUE indicates success. FALSE indicates failure. To get extended error data, call GetLastError.

This function is a high-level routine that handles all the bookkeeping and overhead associated with reading a file from an FTP server and storing it locally. An application that needs to retrieve file data only or that requires close control over the file transfer should use the FtpOpenFile and InternetReadFile functions.

If the dwTransferType parameter specifies FILE_TRANSFER_TYPE_ASCII, translation of the file data converts control and formatting characters to local equivalents. The default transfer is binary mode, where the file is downloaded in the same format as it is stored on the server.

Both lpszRemoteFile and lpszNewFile can be either partially or fully qualified file names relative to the current directory. A backward slash (\) or forward slash (/) can be used as the directory separator for either name. FtpGetFileEx translates the directory name separators to the appropriate character before they are used.

Windows Embedded CEWindows CE .NET 4.0 and later

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