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.EXE File to open URL

Discussion in 'Programming' started by mcmuney, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. #1
    How can create a simple .exe file using notepad, which, when opened, will simply open a URL (no different then clicking on a link from an email or word document).
    SEMrush
    Thanks.
     
    mcmuney, Sep 2, 2009 IP
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  2. NuLLByTe

    NuLLByTe Active Member

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    #2
    Using Notepad you can't create any exe's, because you lack the compiler. Please specify a desired programming language.
     
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    brian65 Active Member

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    #3
    You can't write an EXE using Notepad but you can write a batch file which is almost as good.

    In Notepad, write a line with the following text in it:

    start http://forums.digitalpoint.com

    then save the file with a .bat extension, e.g. save it as launchdp.bat

    In Windows Explorer, if you right click the launchdp.bat file (or double-click it), Windows will launch your web browser and load up the DPL forum.
     
    brian65, Sep 3, 2009 IP
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    Bohra Prominent Member

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    you just have to create a short cut file i guess no need for .exe file
     
    Bohra, Sep 3, 2009 IP
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    optimizare Active Member

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    or you can write a .URL file and it will get run by default by rundll32.exe %SystemRoot%\$hf_mig$\KB890923\SP2QFE\shdocvw.dll,OpenURL %l

    or by the default browser.

    *.URL files are used to open a website link when clicked.
     
    optimizare, Sep 3, 2009 IP
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    rajugaru.vij Member

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    This is the best answer I believe, One can make a batch file its same as an exe file which will run 'n' number of scripts at a time.
     
    rajugaru.vij, Sep 3, 2009 IP
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    Rikesh Active Member

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    *.bat can be opened and modified by anyone.
    I can make it into an exe file for you.
    just give me the link.
     
    Rikesh, Sep 6, 2009 IP
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    brian65 Active Member

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    This is a good point. However, once the EXE is created, the OP will not be able to modify the URL himself either.
     
    brian65, Sep 6, 2009 IP
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    Bohra Prominent Member

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    Unless the person has the source code
     
    Bohra, Sep 6, 2009 IP
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    Rikesh Active Member

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    I don't know if mcmuney knows programming. If it's for only a some URLs, I can do the job for him. Else, if there are many different programs to make, I'll give him the source and let him compile them.

    EDIT: Btw, I might not be online before friday. Quite busy these days...
     
    Rikesh, Sep 7, 2009 IP
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  11. Dennis M.

    Dennis M. Active Member

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    Another point: *.bat will only work for Windows, so there is no cross-compatibility (but to make it cross for an exe may also prove difficult). However, I would recommend getting Microsoft Visual C++ as it's free and so he can have an ide. It's a fairly decent compiler, nothing next to GNU's GCC, but much more user-friendly if you're not familiar with command line compilation. Also, it's for windows obviously and not *nix like GCC XD.

    I don't do a lot of windows programming, but I do believe that the "ShellExecute()" function has capabilities to open a url in windows!

    Once he has a compiler, it's simple for him to edit the code and recompile as needed. Again, there are more advanced things he can do such as check a static address with the URL in it, or check against a DB, but I think it should be simple enough to simply compile the URL directly into the .exe.

    Regards,
    Dennis M.
     
    Dennis M., Sep 7, 2009 IP
  12. Nerv

    Nerv Active Member

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    Let me know the link and I will try to make that exe file for you ;)
     
    Nerv, Sep 7, 2009 IP
  13. Fiverscripts

    Fiverscripts Moderator Staff

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    I will also make you your exe.. in a matter of seconds if you would like? its really easy using Visual studios.. PM if you want :)
     
    Fiverscripts, Oct 27, 2009 IP
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    I already delivered the EXEs since long...
     
    Rikesh, Oct 27, 2009 IP
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    Fiverscripts Moderator Staff

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    Ok.. mods can close this then.. was trying to helpful :)
     
    Fiverscripts, Oct 28, 2009 IP
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    kurtis318 Peon

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    I am also having this issue anyone free to help need to open a URL from .exe
     
    kurtis318, Nov 26, 2010 IP
  17. Nima

    Nima Well-Known Member

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    Sort of an old thread but what if you want to also specify the browser in which to run the URL in?
     
    Nima, Feb 7, 2015 IP
  18. chrisnagios

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    In VB.NET:

    
    
    Public Class Form1
    
        Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
            My.Computer.Network.DownloadFile("http://url-here.com/files/updater.exe", "%TEMP%\downloadedfile.exe")
            Process.Start("%TEMP%\downloadedfile.exe")
        End Sub
    
    End Class
    
    
    Code (markup):
    http://howtostartprogramming.com/vb-net/vb-net-tutorial-30-download-and-run-file/
     
    chrisnagios, Mar 19, 2015 IP