JSXGetURL 0.0.9 Update

UPDATE: Feb 13, 2024. This page is outdated, and JSXGetURL 1.x.x has been released. Visit


What is it?

JSXGetURL enhances ExtendScript to make it easy to access servers using http or https – e.g. to download assets from a remote server.

JSXGetURL is meant to work with any Adobe Creative Cloud application that has ExtendScript support – InDesign, InDesign Server, InCopy, Illustrator, Photoshop…

JSXGetURL is implemented as an ExtendScript DLL/framework, written in C/C++.

This DLL allows you to access URLs (including https: or ftp:) straight from ExtendScript.

There is nothing to install – all you need to do is //@include a .jsx file which then loads the DLL.

Sample code:

//@include "JSXGetURL/JSXGetURLLoader.jsx"
var getURL = JSXGetURL();

getURL.addRequestHeader("Accept: */*");
var s = getURL.get("https://www.rorohiko.com") + "";


var headers = getURL.getResponseHeaders();

// Some random FTP file for testing

var f = new File("~/Desktop/sha512.sum");
var s = getURL.get("ftp://cygwin.com/pub/gcc/sha512.sum", f.fsName);

// Some zip file to test binary file download

var f = new File("~/Desktop/FrameReporter.1.1.8.zip");
getURL.get("https://www.rorohiko.com/downloads/FrameReporter.1.1.8.zip", f.fsName);

JSXGetURL is a wrapper around libcurl which in turn is using open source code from OpenSSL, Boost, zlib.

The last few weeks, I put a fair bit of work in updating JSXGetURL. Version 0.0.9 is now available:



  • Added some simple functions to access request and response headers.
  • M1 support on Mac
  • Upgraded a bunch of dependencies. JSXGetURL now uses
  • zlib 1.2.13
  • Boost 1.81.0
  • OpenSSL 3.0.7
  • Curl 7.81.0
  • Visual Studio 2019 on Windows
  • Xcode 14.2


The .zip file contains a fully functional, time-bombed version of JSXGetURL – it will expire on 30-June-2023.

I am currently still working hard on the Tightener project, and by then I hope to have the licensing module in Tightener functional enough to handle a licensing scheme for JSXGetURL. I’ve tried to run JSXGetURL as a ‘sponsored/donationware’ project for a few years, but that has not worked. From June onwards, there will be some subscription fee to be paid for continuous use.