how to read the windows shortcuts in python

February 27, 2011 at 12:29:26
Specs: Windows XP
Hi, I want to know the target path of a windows shortcut. How do i read the short cut & retrieve the actual target path it is pointing to in python language.


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March 4, 2011 at 03:41:25
Hi razor, Thanks for posting this link which says about using COM objects to handle shortcuts. But My requirement is bit different. I don't want to create a new shortcut or update an existing one. What I want is to read the target location from an existing shortcut. The shortcut can be anywhere in my computer & not necessarily on desktop. For example - C:\temp\my_shortcut.lnk which is pointing to D:\john\temp\myfile.txt file. Here i can pass the shortcut path "C:\temp\my_shortcut.lnk" to the python script, but there i want to retrieve the actual target file 's location from that shortcut. Some thing equivalent of os.readlink(symlink) on Unix systems. Is there any way to do that using modules.

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