Parsing properties in Link- and Internet Shortcut files -- SOLVED for Windows 10

R.H. roland.huettmann at
Fri Feb 12 17:11:05 EST 2021

Tested on Windows 10:

I now found and tested the batch file script that works now:

Create a batch file, for example "GetURL.bat"
Edit the file with a text editor (Notepad++ or whatever)

Put the following script into this file:

:: START OF SCRIPT -- comment line
@echo off
setlocal enableextensions enabledelayedexpansion
pushd %1
for %%F in (%1\*.url) do (
   echo %%~dpnxF
   call :findurl "%%~dpnxF"
goto end
:findurl inputfile
set url=
for /f "tokens=2 delims==" %%i in ('findstr URL %1') do set url=%%i
echo %url%
echo ---
:: END OF SCRIPT -- comment line

Save the file and place it for this demo in the C:\folder (which is
accessible for admins only. Otherwise use a "documents/..." folder.

-- Usage
When calling the .bat file here we assume that the .bat file is in the C:\
directory .

...Calling from Windows CMD opened with Administrator rights:
 C:\GetURL.bat "C:\Users\<your username>\Desktop\Links"

This assumes that there is a folder "Links" on the desktop containing the
Internet shortcut file (hidden file extension .url) and that you want to
read the content of the URL plus the filename.

-- Now, we can call the .bat file from LiveCode with a little script in a
test button:

on mouseUp
# Example script to call the .bat file:
   set the hideconsolewindows to true
   put "C:\GetURL.bat" into tCmd -- Calling the commands in the .bat file
   put "C:\Users\Rolan\Desktop\Links" into tFolder -- The folder containing
Internet Shortcut files .url
   put tCMD && tFolder into tCommand
   put shell (tCommand) into msg --x Could be messages box or any field...
end mouseUp

-- Example output in the message box  (a list of .url files with the
content of their url)

The script in the .bat file looks at all files with a .url extension in the
folder specified and returns the name and the URL content of that file.
Each record is separated by three "---".

C:\Users\Roland\Desktop\Links\simultaneous multiple database access -
LiveCode Forums.url
C:\Users\Roland\Desktop\Links\Sons of Thunder Software - Developer
Resources - LiveCode.url
C:\Users\Roland\Desktop\Links\Sons of Thunder Software - Products.url


Please, if there is anything for Mac (OSX) and Linux, we could publish this
in the Forum.


P.S: I will also check how to read the local .ink files that are shortcuts
to files and folder in Windows. It should also be possible using this for
".ini" files.

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