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halovski's avatar
2 months ago

Downloading and opening files from a browser

What is the best way to open files that are downloaded during a test? Is it manually clicking in explorer or using the "OnWebDownloadFinished" event listener?

  • I've provided some code snippets - you will have to create a function to construct a filename based on date and time, search this file in the downloaded folder, and then open the file.

    function CodeSnippet()
        // User download folder
        var filepath = aqEnvironment.GetEnvironmentVariable("USERPROFILE") + "\\Downloads\\";
        // Construct filename using date and time of now
        var datestr = aqConvert.DateTimeToFormatStr(aqDateTime.Now(), "%Y-%m-%dT%H%M%S");
        var filename = "report - " + datestr + "*.pdf"
        // Search for the filename in the filepath
        var aFile
        var foundFiles = aqFileSystem.FindFiles(filepath, filename);
        if (!strictEqual(foundFiles, null))
            while (foundFiles.HasNext())
                aFile = foundFiles.Next();
            Log.Message("No files were found.");
        // Open the file
        WshShell.Run("<path to chrome.exe> " + aFile);

    For this to work correctly, ensure there's no other files in the downloaded folder in the format of "report - [date & time].pdf". You might have to adjust the search pattern as I'm excluding milliseconds

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