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Is there a way to open UNC network path in flex ?

Oct 12, 2012 8:09 AM



I'm trying to open a UNC network path from my flex web app but it doesn't work.

Can somebody tell me how to do ?


I tried these examples :



                    var url:URLRequest = new URLRequest("file:"+data.url); //data.url = "\\myserver\mydir\myfile.xls";

                    navigateToURL(url, '_blank');



          "", data.url);



                    var uri:URI; //from as3corelib

                    uri = new URI();

                    uri = new URI("file://"+data.url);



                    uri = new URI(data.url);


but none of them work.


Thanks for advance.

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    Oct 12, 2012 8:33 AM   in reply to GAUSSARD

    I haven't done it with a local path, but I do it all the time with a URL path.  If it's the same method (which I would guess) then you're missing some things.  Add the following line to your fx:script:




    then create your function:


                private function openLocalPath(): void {

                    navigateToURL(    new URLRequest("\\myserver\mydir\myfile.xls"),




    Let us know if that helps, and good luck!

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    Oct 12, 2012 8:58 AM   in reply to GAUSSARD

    I was curious so I did some quick googling.  This came from an older flex version, but the logic may give some clues:


    "A local SWF file describes any file referenced by using the "file:\\" protocol or a UNC path, which does not include an IP address or a qualifying domain. For example, "\\test\test.swf" and "file:\\test.swf" are considered local files, while "\\\test.swf" and "\\\test.swf" are not considered local files."


    I pulled this quote from this site:



    Not something I've actually tested, but it sounded like a few clues might be in there.

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    Nov 30, 2012 1:31 PM   in reply to GAUSSARD

    UNC is not supported.  You have to map to drive letters.

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