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Counter Code

How do I write counter code that works from a local or network text file? by BillyRayPreachersSon
Posted: 12 Jul 04 (Edited 3 May 06)

This code will enable users (IE only - sorry!) to have a local counter that runs on their PC. It requires the FileSystemObject ActiceX control be allowed to run.


    <script type="text/javascript">
        var fsObj = null;                        // holds a pointer to the FileSystemObject
        var counter = 0;                        // holds the counter value
        var counterFile = 'C:\\jsCounter.txt';    // holds the path and filename to the counter text file

        // returns 0 if no counter or NaN is found, the counter value otherwise
        function readCounter() {
            try {
                if (!fsObj.FileExists(counterFile))    return(0);
                var tempValue = fsObj.OpenTextFile(counterFile, 1).ReadLine();
                if (isNaN(tempValue) || tempValue == ' || tempValue == null) return(0);
            catch (err) {

        // returns false if write failed, true otherwise
        function writeCounter(counterValue) {
            try {
                var counterFileObj = fsObj.OpenTextFile(counterFile, 2, true);
            catch (err) {


        function init() {
            try {
                this.fsObj = new ActiveXObject('Scripting.FileSystemObject');
            catch (err) { }

            if (!this.fsObj) {
                alert('You must allow the ActiveX object to load for the counter to work');
            } else {
                counter = readCounter();
                alert('Current counter: ' + counter);
                if (!writeCounter(counter)) alert('There was an error writing the counter');

<body onload="init();">

The file in the demo is a local file, but the path can be anything which resolves, like a network share, etc.



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