Download file from HTTPS Website

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  • #32532

    Derek Ebeling

    I have an https website I need to download a file from, but nothing I do seems to work. I can navigate to the website by using the "internetexplorer.application" and log in successfully. But I cannot overcome the "save as" dialog that pops up at the bottom of the screen after l navigate to the file I want to download. I also cannot get the standard "downloadfile" command to work. Can someone please help me get the below pseudo code to be actual code. I am using powershell 2.0. Thanks.

    $username = "user"
    $password = "pass"

    $url = ""
    $path = "C:\documents\file.pdf"

    $web = New-Object System.Net.WebClient
    $web.Credentials = new-object System.Net.NetworkCredential($username, $password)
    $web.DownloadFile($url, $path)

    This returns:
    Exception calling "DownloadFile" with "2" argument(s): "The underlying connection was closed: An unexpected error occurred on a send."
    At line:28 char:1
    + $web.DownloadFile($url, $path)
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [], MethodInvocationException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : WebException

    Thank you in advance,

  • #32555

    Don Jones

    At a glance, the code looks fine to me. Since you're really using .NET, and not PowerShell, you might try looking in since there's a lot more .NET programmers hanging out there. For example,|0.1730 seems to discuss a similar problem. Because PowerShell v2 doesn't really make it easy to write callback handlers, you might not be able to do what you want.

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