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How to: Download a File in Visual Basic

The DownloadFile method can be used to download a remote file and store it to a specific location. If the ShowUI parameter is set to True, a dialog box is displayed showing the progress of the download and allowing users to cancel the operation. By default, existing files having the same name are not overwritten; if you want to overwrite existing files, set the overwrite parameter to True.

The following conditions may cause an exception:

NoteNote

Your computer might show different names or locations for some of the Visual Studio user interface elements in the following instructions. The Visual Studio edition that you have and the settings that you use determine these elements. For more information, see Customizing Development Settings.

Security noteSecurity Note

Do not make decisions about the contents of the file based on the name of the file. For example, the file Form1.vb may not be a Visual Basic source file. Verify all inputs before using the data in your application. The contents of the file may not be what is expected, and methods to read from the file may fail.

To download a file

  • Use the DownloadFile method to download the file, specifying the target file's location as a string or URI and specifying the location at which to store the file. This example downloads the file WineList.txt from http://www.cohowinery.com/downloads and saves it to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents:

    My.Computer.Network.DownloadFile(
        "http://www.cohowinery.com/downloads/WineList.txt",
        "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\WineList.txt")
    

To download a file, specifying a time-out interval

  • Use the DownloadFile method to download the file, specifying the target file's location as a string or URI, specifying the location at which to store the file, and specifying the time-out interval in milliseconds (the default is 1000). This example downloads the file WineList.txt from http://www.cohowinery.com/downloads and saves it to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents, specifying a time-out interval of 500 milliseconds:

    My.Computer.Network.DownloadFile(
        "http://www.cohowinery.com/downloads/WineList.txt",
        "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\WineList.txt", False, 500)
    

To download a file, supplying a user name and password

  • Use the DownLoadFile method to download the file, specifying the target file's location as a string or URI and specifying the location at which to store the file, the user name, and the password. This example downloads the file WineList.txt from http://www.cohowinery.com/downloads and saves it to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents, with the user name anonymous and a blank password.

    My.Computer.Network.DownloadFile(
        "http://www.cohowinery.com/downloads/WineList.txt",
        "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\WineList.txt", "anonymous", "")
    
    Security note Security Note

    The FTP protocol used by the DownLoadFile method sends information, including passwords, in plain text and should not be used for transmitting sensitive information.

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