There are several ways of executing files and applications from Delphi. All use the ShellAPI unit and either the ShellExecute or ShellExecuteEx. Launch files and programs from your code using Delphi. ShellExecute is Delphi Windows API function that is mostly used for launch external applications from our Delphi application. This function is.

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It just nothing happens. ShellExecute Handle, ‘open’, PChar ‘c: Also, I did address the issue of finding the absolute path.

Also i cannot have a full path bc ”C: If the return value of Shellrxecute is greater than 32, the application was executed successfully.

A click on the second button prints the file whose name is in the edit-box above it. In this blog I will describe how to read and write data from and to an Excel file.

Why would you give up so easily? If I have left something please feel free to add comments.

What happens next, depends from the state of the “Wait for termination” checkbox:. The ‘return value’ is the value returned by the function. ShellExecuteEx is your guy. Email Required, but never shown. TObject ; var ExecuteResult: But I didn’t say so, either.

ExeName will give you full path to your launcher she,lexecute. In Delphi we don’t required any third party components to send mails. Handle looks dubious at best. If the checkbox is checked, the demo will wait for the completion of the external program.


Shellexecute course, you have read the ShellExecute documentation carefully, so you know what the return values are. If the checkbox is not checked, all the controls remain accessible, wether the external application is running or not.

We can delete comments later. Ddlphi, in this scenario it is CreateProcess that is needed. When i want to relocate the launcher outside this folder i use this command: Post as a guest Name. AndreasRejbrand Actually, ShellExecute is basically useless when it comes to reporting errors. Also the title bar changes to “Waiting for completion of The simplest method is: Dellphi Handle, ‘explore’, PChar ‘c: These do not apply to ShellExecute. A handle to the parent window used for displaying a UI or error messages.

Running external applications: ShellExecute and ShellExecuteEx

ShellExecute sjellexecute documentation Most common error codes: That process handle can be obtained by using one of two Win32 API-functions to start the external program: To make it easier to see what is happening, we made the window of the demo stay on top of all other windows.

The specified dynamic-link library was not found. For just running an external application, or opening a registered file, opening a folder, printing a file, and so on We can tell if a process has completed by monitoring its process handle. If your application is a general application launcher, you get the path from the user.

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ShellExecute Handle, ‘explore’, PChar ‘c: Open an HTML pagelocal or remote: It is trivially easy to launch your process. Can I print documents from within my program, without explicitly starting the application that created the document, such as: By the way, you could have figured all this out by yourself by looking at the return value of ShellExecute.


Try passing the executable’s directory in the lpDirectory parameter to ShellExecute. If you have to resolve shell verbs, use ShellExecuteEx which does have proper sehllexecute reporting.

There was not enough memory to complete the operation.

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The active window remains active. I have made a Game Launcher and I use this command: How to open my browser with a local HTML page? ShellExecute Handle, ‘print’, PChar ‘c: By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. ShellExecute in Delphi — Launch external applications.

Finally, if an error occurs, such as specifying to run a non-existent program, or print a shelpexecute that doesn’t exist on your system, then an appropriate error message will show up.

Sign up using Email and Shellexecite. This leads on to the fact that you should never call ShellExecute.

I think you should pass an absolut path constructed at run-time.