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Schedule and Automate Website Download Tool with Command Line

Automate website download in A1 Website Download. Download websites using automation, e.g. during the night.
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Command Line Support in A1 Website Download

You can use a command line interface to automate all the major website download tools in the program.

This means that you can also use external applications and bat / batch / script files.

This enables you to run our website download software at regular intervals using e.g. Windows Task Scheduler.
  • Parameters:
    • ":%project-path%" : Where %project-path% should contain the path to the project. (Remember the colon before project path.)
    • "@override_rootpath=http://example.com@" : Overwrite website rootpath.
    • "-exit" : Exits when done.
    • "-hide" : Always invisible and exits when done.
    • "-scan" : Runs website scanner.
    • "-stop0000" : Stops scan after a number of seconds, e.g. -stop600 stops scan after 10 minutes.
    • "-save" : Saves project.
    • "@override_savefilespath=c:\example@" : Overwrite where downloaded website files are stored on computer.
    • "@override_defaultstoragename=example@" : Overwrite the default storage file name used when an URL can not be directly converted to a path on disk.

  • Examples for usage on Windows:
    • [ "c:\microsys\website\Download.exe" -exit -scan -save ":c:\microsys\website\download\my-project.ini" ].
    • [ "Download.exe" -exit -scan -save ":my-project.ini" ] (Good for testing when placing all files in the same directory.)
    • [ "Download.exe" -scan @override_rootpath=http://example.com@ ]

  • Examples for usage on Mac OS:
    • [ open A1WebsiteDownload.app --args -scan @override_rootpath=http://example.com@ ].

  • Tips:
    • To prevent a parameter value that contains spaces (e.g. if you are passing a directory path) from being broken up, enclose it inside a couple of "".


Automate Website Download with Windows Command Line and Batch Files

  • Create a batch file, e.g. "batch-file.bat", using any standard text editor
  • Example of what to write underlined: [ "c:\microsys\website\Download.exe" -exit -scan -save ":c:\microsys\website\download\my-project.ini" ].
  • Save your batch file. You can now call it yourself or from other programs and scripts.


Schedule and automate Website Download with Windows Task Scheduler


schedule automate website download

  • Open Control Panel | Scheduled Tasks | Add Scheduled Task. Follow the guide.
  • Open the generated website download time scheduled item to edit details, e.g. command line parameters.
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