How to read XLS file in VBScript

EasyXLS Excel library can be used to import Excel files in VBS. 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 VBS

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 VBS code that reads XLS file

Execute the following VBS code that imports an XLS file.

' Tutorial 37
' This tutorial shows how to read an Excel XLS file in VBScript
' (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).

WScript.StdOut.WriteLine("Tutorial 37" & vbcrlf & "-----------" & vbcrlf)

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

' Read XLS file
WScript.StdOut.WriteLine("Reading file: C:\Samples\Tutorial28.xls" & vbcrlf)
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
    Wscript.StdOut.WriteLine(vbcrlf & "Writing file: C:\Samples\Tutorial37 - read XLS file.xls")
    workbook.easy_WriteXLSFile ("C:\Samples\Tutorial37 - read XLS file.xls")

    ' Confirm export of Excel file
    Dim sError
    sError = workbook.easy_getError()
    If sError = "" Then
        WScript.StdOut.WriteLine(vbcrlf & "File successfully created.")
        WScript.StdOut.WriteLine(vbcrlf & "Error: " & sError)
    End If
    Wscript.StdOut.WriteLine("Error reading file C:\Samples\Tutorial28.xls" & vbcrlf & _ 
End If

' Dispose memory

Wscript.StdOut.Write(vbcrlf & "Press Enter to exit ...")

How to run VBScript tutorial
In order to run the tutorial create a file named Tutorial37.vbs containing previous code, open Command Prompt, change the directory to tutorial location using cd command and type:
>    cscript Tutorial37.vbs.

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

File formats:

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