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How to import an excel file from the web?

Asked by Feng
on 11 Jan 2013

I would like to import an excel spreadsheet which is on the intranet. I can click the file to download it when I am on that page. Now I am able to read the source code of that page using 'urlread', but not sure how to open the actual file.

Any clue?






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2 Answers

Answer by Walter Roberson
on 11 Jan 2013
 Accepted answer



Thanks for the response. How do I refer the file on the internet?

urlread() of the download page will allow you to find the URL of the file itself; it will probably be in the form of a file: URL or possibly an http: or https: URL. Once you have extracted that URL, urlread() or urlwrite() the file itself.

Answer by Jan Simon
on 12 Jan 2013
Edited by Jan Simon
on 12 Jan 2013

You can use URLREAD to read the Excel file, store it locally and use XLSREAD then.

Walter 's idea is better: urlwrite performs the storing to disk implicitly.

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urlwrite() might make more sense than urlread() in this circumstance.

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