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The code below retrieves list of content-type values with corresponding file extensions from HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\MIME\Database\Content Type. It links, for example, text/html to .htm file type.

Content-type value for a particular file type (reversed lookup) can be obtained from corresponding sub-key of HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT. For example, for .html read values of HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.html key.

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    #DEFINE KEY_READ 0x20019
    #DEFINE KeyMIME "MIME\Database\Content Type"
    #DEFINE KeyClasses "SOFTWARE\Classes"
    #DEFINE KeyExtension "Extension"
    CREATE CURSOR cs (ext C(10), CLSID C(50), contenttype C(50),;
        checktype C(50), filetype1 C(100), filetype2 C(100))
    LOCAL hKey, nResult, nIndex, cBuffer, nResult, hSubkey,;
        cExtension, cCLSID, cContentType, cFiletype, cFiletype2
    nResult = RegOpenKeyEx(HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, KeyMIME, 0,;
        KEY_READ, @hKey)
    IF nResult <> ERROR_SUCCESS
        ? "RegOpenKeyEx failed with error code: " + nResult
    * enumerating subkeys of
    * HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\MIME\Database\Content Type
    DO WHILE .T.
        cBuffer = REPLICATE(CHR(0), 512)
        nResult = RegEnumKey(hKey, nIndex, @cBuffer, Len(cBuffer))
        IF nResult <> ERROR_SUCCESS
        cBuffer = SUBSTR(cBuffer, 1, AT(Chr(0),cBuffer)-1)
        INSERT INTO cs (contenttype) VALUES (m.cBuffer)
        hSubkey = 0
        IF RegOpenKeyEx(hKey, cBuffer, 0,;
            KEY_READ, @hSubkey) = ERROR_SUCCESS
            cExtension = GetKeyValue(hSubkey, KeyExtension)
            cCLSID = GetKeyValue(hSubkey, KeyCLSID)
            REPLACE cs.ext WITH cExtension, cs.CLSID WITH m.cCLSID
            = RegCloseKey(hSubkey)
        nIndex = nIndex + 1
    = RegCloseKey(hKey)
    * retrieving content type and file type values
    SELECT cs
        cExtension = ALLTRIM(cs.ext)
        cContentType = GetContentType(m.cExtension)
        REPLACE checktype WITH m.cContentType
        cFiletype1 = GetDefaultKeyValue(HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT,;
        IF EMPTY(cFiletype1)
            cFiletype2 = ""
            cFiletype2 = GetDefaultKeyValue(HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE,;
                KeyClasses + "\" + m.cFiletype1)
        REPLACE filetype1 WITH m.cFiletype1,;
            filetype2 WITH m.cFiletype2
    SELECT cs
    GO TOP
    * end of main
    FUNCTION GetKeyValue(hKey, cValueName)
        LOCAL nIndex, cName, nNameSize, nType,;
            cBuffer, nBufsize, nResult
        STORE 0 TO nIndex, nType
        DO WHILE .T.
            STORE 4096 TO nNameSize, nBufsize
            STORE REPLICATE(CHR(0), nBufsize) TO cName, cBuffer
            nResult = RegEnumValue(hKey, nIndex, @cName, @nNameSize,;
                0, @nType, @cBuffer, @nBufsize)
            IF nResult = ERROR_SUCCESS
                cName = SUBSTR(cName, 1, AT(CHR(0), cName)-1)
                IF UPPER(ALLTRIM(cValueName)) == UPPER(ALLTRIM(cName))
                    RETURN SUBSTR(cBuffer, 1, AT(CHR(0), cBuffer)-1)
                RETURN ""
            nIndex = nIndex + 1
    RETURN ""
    FUNCTION GetDefaultKeyValue(hParent, cSubkey)
        LOCAL nResult, hKey, cValue
        IF RegOpenKeyEx(hParent,;
            m.cSubkey, 0, KEY_READ, @hKey) = 0
            cValue = GetKeyValue(hKey, "")
            = RegCloseKey(m.hKey)
            cValue = ""
    RETURN m.cValue
    FUNCTION GetContentType(cExt)
        LOCAL hKey, cContentType, nResult
        nResult = RegOpenKeyEx(HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT,;
            m.cExt, 0, KEY_READ, @hKey)
        IF nResult <> 0
            RETURN ""
        cContentType = GetKeyValue(hKey, "Content Type")
        = RegCloseKey(hKey)
    RETURN m.cContentType
    PROCEDURE decl
        DECLARE INTEGER RegCloseKey IN advapi32 INTEGER hKey
        DECLARE INTEGER RegOpenKeyEx IN advapi32;
            INTEGER hKey, STRING lpSubKey, INTEGER ulOptions,;
            INTEGER samDesired, INTEGER @phkResult
        DECLARE INTEGER RegEnumValue IN advapi32;
            INTEGER hKey, INTEGER dwIndex, STRING @lpValueName,;
            INTEGER @lpcValueName, INTEGER lpReserved, INTEGER @lpType,;
            STRING @lpData, INTEGER @lpcbData
        DECLARE INTEGER RegEnumKey IN advapi32;
            INTEGER hKey, INTEGER dwIndex, STRING @lpName,;
            INTEGER cchName

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    Created: 2004-09-03 08:23:41  
    Modified: 2010-05-13 09:58:39  
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    My comment:
    Code similar to the above I used in FoxPro SendEmail class. To assemble multi-part email message, you need to know content-type value for each file attachment to encode the file as well as to add this value as SMTP header.

    Same should be true for files transferred to remote server through HTTP POST requests.

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    Question: how to obtain file type, the one Explorer displays in Type column, for a given extension?


    Step 1. Read default value for HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.vbw

    Step 2. Read default value for HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\VisualBasic.VBWFile or for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\VisualBasic.VBWFile

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