How do I open a random file in a folder, and set that only files with the specified filename extension(s) should be opened? (While preferably, supporting Unicode filenames too.)
I've already looked around and found this batch script (.BAT):
@echo off & setlocal :: start of main rem Set your path here: set "workDir=C:\DVDCOVERS" rem Read the %random%, two times is'nt a mistake! Why? Ask Bill. rem In fact at the first time %random% is nearly the same. @set /a "rdm=%random%" set /a "rdm=%random%" rem Push to your path. pushd "%workDir%" rem Count all files in your path. (dir with /b shows only the filenames) set /a "counter=0" for /f "delims=" %%i in ('dir /b ^|find "."') do call :sub1 rem This function gives a value from 1 to upper bound of files set /a "rdNum=(%rdm%*%counter%/32767)+1" rem Start a random file set /a "counter=0" for /f "delims=" %%i in ('dir /b ^|find "."') do set "fileName=%%i" &call :sub2 rem Pop back from your path. popd "%workDir%" goto :eof :: end of main :: start of sub1 :sub1 rem For each found file set counter + 1. set /a "counter+=1" goto :eof :: end of sub1 :: start of sub2 :sub2 rem 1st: count again, rem 2nd: if counted number equals random number then start the file. set /a "counter+=1" if %counter%==%rdNum% (start "" "%fileName%") goto :eof :: end of sub2 :: -snap--- end of batch
It works in opening any random file in a folder, but I would like to be able to set that only files with the specified filename extension(s) should be opened. (e.g. A folder contains .MKV (video), .TP (video), .MP4 (video) and .JPG (image) files, and I would like to randomly open only video files, and not the .JPG image files.)
It also does not support Unicode filenames. It makes Windows output this error message if it randomly opens a file with a Unicode filename:
Windows cannot find (filename of file with Unicode filename, with the Unicode characters replaced with a question mark). Make sure you typed the name correctly, and try again.
- If you would like to watch a random video from a folder, but the folder also contains non-video files
- If you would like to view a random image from a folder, but the folder also contains non-image files.
Suggestions to improve the .BAT file code (especially the 'randomness', as I often get the same file two-three times successively) or another better solution (even a non-batch script) is welcome. I am using Windows 7.