How to read XLS file in Classic ASP

EasyXLS Excel library can be used to import Excel files in Classic ASP. The library is a COM+ component that works without MS Excel installed.

Step 1: Download and install EasyXLS Excel Library for COM+

To download the trial version of EasyXLS Excel Library, press the below button:

Download EasyXLS™ Excel Library for Classic ASP

If you already own a license key, you may login and download EasyXLS from your account.

Step 2: Verify if EasyXLS is registered

Check if EasyXLS component is present in Component Services.

Step 3: License file setup

Step required for EasyXLS v9.0 or later.

If you are using a trial, generate a trial license file from EasyXLS trials page. The trial license is valid for 30-days.

If you own a license key, you may login to the account that purchased the license and generate the license file from:

Setup the license file into your project using these guidelines.

Step 4: Run ASP code that reads XLS file

Execute the following ASP code that imports an XLS file.

<%@ Language=VBScript %>

' Tutorial 37
' This tutorial shows how to read an Excel XLS file in Classic ASP
' (the XLS file generated by Tutorial 28 as base template), modify
' some data and save it to another XLS file (Tutorial37 - read XLS file.xls).

response.write("Tutorial 37<br>")

' Create an instance of the class that reads Excel files
Set workbook = Server.CreateObject("EasyXLS.ExcelDocument")

' Read XLS file
response.write("Reading file: C:\Samples\Tutorial28.xls<br>")
if (workbook.easy_LoadXLSFile("C:\Samples\Tutorial28.xls")) then

    ' Get the table of data for the second worksheet
    Set xlsSecondTable = workbook.easy_getSheet("Second tab").easy_getExcelTable()

    ' Write some data to the second sheet
    xlsSecondTable.easy_getCell_2("A1").setValue("Data added by Tutorial37")

    for column=0 to 4
        xlsSecondTable.easy_getCell(1, column).setValue("Data " & (column + 1))

    ' Export the new XLS file
    response.write("Writing file: C:\Samples\Tutorial37 - read XLS file.xls<br>")
    workbook.easy_WriteXLSFile("C:\Samples\Tutorial37 - read XLS file.xls")

    ' Confirm export of Excel file
    if workbook.easy_getError() = "" then
        response.write("File successfully created.")
        response.write("Error encountered: " + workbook.easy_getError())
    end if
    response.write("Error reading file C:\Samples\Tutorial28.xls ")
end if

' Dispose memory

Overloaded methods
For methods with same name but different parameters, only the first method overload retains the original name. Subsequent overloads are uniquely renamed by appending to the method name '_2', '_3', etc (method, method_2, method_3), an integer that corresponds to the order of declaration that can be found in EasyXLS.h, a file that comes with EasyXLS installation.

EasyXLS Excel components:

Excel Library for Classic ASP
full COM+ version to import, export or convert Excel files
Excel Reader for Classic ASP
COM+ version to read and import Excel files
Download EasyXLS™ Excel Component for Classic ASP

File formats:

Office 365
MS Excel 2021 - 2024
MS Excel 2007 - 2019
MS Excel 97 - 2003