Script to check if zip file exist and send email

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  • #20250



    I'm trying to write a script to check for a file in a path and send an email. please see the script and let me know where i'm going wrong.

    $file1 = C:\test.txt

    #Email Settings
    $MailFrom = “”
    $Mailto = “”
    $MailSubject = “Status of backup file”
    #$body = “The following files are missing:`r`n”
    $smtp = new-object Net.Mail.SmtpClient($smtpServer)

    #Check for Existence of Files
    if (Test-Path $file1)

    echo "File $file already exists" ;
    Send-MailMessage -to $Mailto -from $MailFrom -subject $MailSubject -body "$file1 exist on the path" -smtpServer

    #Send Email
    Send-MailMessage -to $Mailto -from $MailFrom -subject $MailSubject -body "$file1 does not exist on the path" -smtpServer


    i'm getting the following error

    est-Path : Cannot bind argument to parameter 'Path' because it is null.
    At line:12 char:14
    + if (Test-Path <<<< $file1) + CategoryInfo : InvalidData: (:) [Test-Path], ParameterBindingValidationException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ParameterArgumentValidationErrorNullNotAllowed,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.TestPathComman Also, my file name changes with date like test1103 ( today ) test1104 ( tomorrow ). can anyone please help me on this ? Thanks in advance

  • #20251

    Alexander Johansson


    Try this to fix the Test-Path issue:

    $file1 = "C:\test.txt"


  • #20253

    Dave Wyatt

    You need to place quotation marks (single or double, either will work) when assigning a string value to the $file1 variable:

    $file1 = C:\test.txt
    # Should be:
    $file1 = 'C:\test.txt'
  • #20254

    Rob Simmers

    Your issue is the $file1 variable is not recognized as a string. The path should be enclosed in qoutes:

    PS C:\Users\rsimmers> $test = C:\Test\123.txt
    C:\Test\123.txt : The term 'C:\Test\123.txt' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that 
    the path is correct and try again.
    At line:1 char:9
    + $test = C:\Test\123.txt
    +         ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        + CategoryInfo          : ObjectNotFound: (C:\Test\123.txt:String) [], CommandNotFoundException
        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CommandNotFoundException
    PS C:\Users\rsimmers> $test = "C:\Test\123.txt"

    You can shorten this to single line, but I made it two so it's somewhat easier to read. This would produce an email body like "File Exists: True":

    $file = "whatever{0}.zip" -f (Get-Date).ToString("MMdd") #Custom Date time format:
    Send-MailMessage -to -from -subject "File Checker" -body ("File Exists: {0}" -f (Test-Path -Path $file)) -smtpServer
  • #20257


    Thanks a lot everyone...

    it worked. but my filename changes with with date or time at the end of it... is there any way to find it ?

    file name will be same but numbers ( time or date ) changes
    e.g., ,

    Rob, thanks for the code. Is there any way to find the file using strings or something like this ?

    like $filename = ""


  • #20259

    Rob Simmers

    Yes, that is what I posted.

    $file = "whatever{0}.zip" -f (Get-Date).ToString("MMdd")

    results in:

    PS C:\Users\rsimmers> "whatever{0}.zip" -f (Get-Date).ToString("MMdd")

  • #20260


    Thanks again Rob..

    we don't know which date it will be so it's not safe to use mmdd.....i'm thinking to find the filename using extension ( because we will be having only one file with .zip extension )

    also, in the above reply you mentioned "$file = "whatever{0}.zip" -f (Get-Date).ToString("MMdd")" but $file already contains path right ? how to proceed with this ?

  • #20262

    Rob Simmers

    You would use Get-ChildItem with a wildcard, something like this:

    $file = @(Get-ChildItem "C:\users\rsimmers\desktop\help*.zip" | Select FullName, LastWriteTime)
    if ($file.Count -gt 0) {
        $body = "Found {0} zip files: `r`n`r`n{1}" -f $file.Count, ("{0} - {1}" -f $file.FullName, $file.LastWriteTime)
    else {
        $body = "No zip files found, rut roh raggy"

    Depending on the version of Powershell, you would have to test formatting. If there is a possibility of multiple files, I would use HTML email and use ConvertTo-HTML to generate a table from the $file object.

  • #20266


    Thanks a lot Rob for your help...

    i'm not getting the full output but it's finding the .zip file.

    btw can you tell me what is – ?

    code is some what stuck here

  • #20270


    i'm seeing this output :

    Found 1 zip files:

  • #20271

    Dave Wyatt

    Our forums software is still HTML escaping some things in code blocks that are occasionally annoying. I think that particular sequence should just be a hyphen character.

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