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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

WS-Downloader: Tool for downloading documents from SharePoint libraries

WS-Downloader is a small tool that downloads documents from SharePoint libraries. There is a room for improvement in the tool. Currently, it's in a very basic form having two text boxes, one for the document library path and the other for entering the destination path on the local computer.

Enter document library path in the first text box, for example, http://portal/sitedirectory/site1/doclib1.
Enter local path in the Destination box, for example, C:My DocumentsStore
Click the Download button to start downloading documents.
It will download all documents from the library to the local file system.
To Do
1. It currently works on the server machine. You will have to use it on the SharePoint server machine. To make it work remotely, I will write a web service which will make downloading documents remotely possible.
2. Instead of entering library path manually, there should be a drop down or a list box with check boxes for users to select the library.
3. It can not maintain the folder structure while downloading the files from the library. It will download the files from the root of the library as well as folders inside the library but the folder structure won't be copied to the file system. For example, if there are two files in the library and 2 files in the folder inside the library, the tool will download 4 files in total but without creating the folder on the file system.
Click here to download the zip file. Zip file contains only the .exe. I created a setup package earlier but its size exceeded 5 MB and I knew it would be difficult for users to download this huge package, therefore, I didn't upload it.
Published Saturday, February 10, 2007 12:09 AM by ssa

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Stacy Draper said:

Very cool
February 9, 2007 10:50 PM

ssa said:

Thanks Stacy. I didn't know you have moved to a new blog. I thought you were still using sharepointblogs! :)

Congrats on getting the MVP award! (I just found out after visiting your new blog).


February 10, 2007 3:06 AM

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February 10, 2007 8:13 AM

Jerry said:

Good Tool but missing document structure.  Recently i am working on SharePoint Bulk Uploader tool.  Do you have some tools that uploads document from file system.  

February 10, 2007 10:39 AM

ssa said:

Hi Yasir,

Yes, I have blogged about "Uploading" a couple of times. I am also working on an uploading tool. Please search this blog for keywords like "upload" and "upload service" to see the *upload* related posts. And, yes i just re-visited your blog and found out that you recently became a dad! :) Congrats!!! and the pictures of your baby are really cute.


February 11, 2007 6:49 AM

Jerry said:

Yea.  I am developing a Windows Service to run a bath upload to Windows Sharepoint services site which also manages the updates to files based on the size and dat time parameters.  I am almost 90% done.  As soon as i am finished with this i will start a two post blog on the utility.

Thanks for the comment on my baby pic.  Yea He is Cute.

February 11, 2007 1:43 PM

ssa said:

Wow! That's great! I will be looking forward to the utility's release. Good luck.


February 13, 2007 12:39 AM

All About SharePoint said:

WS-Downloader Web Part
I released WS-Downloader tool last week. WS-Downloader is a small tool that downloads...
February 13, 2007 10:00 AM

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