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How to call CopyFileEx and let the callback update a progress bar

Does anyone have an example of using CopyFileEx with a CopyProgressRoutine? I have created a function that takes the same parameters as the CopyProgressRoutine, but when I pass it using @ or Addr() I get a "Variable Required" error message.

Let's assume you call CopyFileEx and want the callback to update a progress bar. The callback cannot be an object's method but you can use the lpData parameter of CopyFileEx to pass any kind of data to the callback, e.g. a form reference. So, if you want to serve a progress form in the callback here's a little project that does the job.

Create a new Delphi project with two forms. Name the main form Form1 and save it as Unit1.pas. Name the second form ProgressForm and save it as Unit2.pas. Ensure that ProgressForm is not auto-created by the project. Set ProgressForm's FormStyle property to fsStayOnTop.

On the main form drop a TButton named CopyFileButton and a TOpenDialog component named OpenDialog. Create an OnClick event handler for the button with the following code.

procedure TForm1.CopyFileButtonClick(Sender: TObject);
  if OpenDialog.Execute then
    DoFileCopy(OpenDialog.FileName, OpenDialog.FileName + '.bak')

Somewhere above TForm1.CopyFileButtonClick in the implementation section of Unit1 add the following code:

function CopyCallback(TotalFileSize, TotalBytesTransferred, StreamSize,
  StreamBytesTransferred: Int64; dwStreamNumber, dwCallbackReason: DWORD;
  hSourceFile, hDestinationFile: THandle; progressform: TProgressForm ):
  DWORD; stdcall;
  newpos: Integer;
  if dwCallbackReason = CALLBACK_CHUNK_FINISHED then
    newpos := Round(TotalBytesTransferred / TotalFileSize * 100);
    with progressform.Progressbar do
      if newpos <> Position then
        Position := newpos;

function DoFilecopy(const source, target: string): Boolean;
  progressform: TProgressForm;
  progressform := TProgressform.Create(Form1);
    Result := CopyFileEx(
      PChar(source), PChar(target), @CopyCallback,
      Pointer(progressform), @progressform.FCancel, 0

DoFileCopy set up the file copy operation and displays the progress dialog box (which we'll come to in a moment) and CopyCallback is the CopyProgressRoutine. This callback calculates the progress of the file copy and updates the progress bar on the progress form.

New for the progress form. Drop a TProgessBar named ProgressBar and a TButton named AbortButton on ProgressForm. Add a public Boolean field named fCancel to TProgressForm and add an OnClick event handler to AbortButton as follows:

procedure TProgressForm.AbortButtonClick(Sender: TObject);
  fCancel := True;

Add a reference to Unit2 in the uses clause of Unit1.

You can now compile and run the program. Click the button in the main form to display the open file dialog box. Select a file to copy – something largish, say 60MB should enable the progress dialog to display for long enough to see what's happening. OK the dialog box and the file copy begins and the progress dialog displays, updating the progress bar as the file copy proceeds. Try clicking the progress dialog's abort button to cancel the copy.

Tip revised and made to work correctly by DelphiDabbler.

Original resource: The Delphi Pool
Author: Peter Below
Added: 2010-06-02
Last updated: 2011-01-20

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