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python – Ensure Relative Path is Used in cmd.exe when Running Batch Files From Excel

Posted by: admin May 14, 2020 Leave a comment


I have an Excel file with a button that calls a Shell command in VB:

Shell(ThisWorkbook.Path & "\python_script.bat", vbNormalFocus)

The Shell command calls the above batch file that runs a Python script:

python python_script.py

All the pertinent files (the Excel file, the batch file, the data files, the Python file) are all located in the same directory, call this sample_program, because I am building this for someone else and I intend for them to simply unzip it and run it.

In Excel, when testing this, I click the button and then get this error:

C:\Users\<user_name>\Documents>python python_script.py
python: can't open file 'python_script.py': [Errno 2] No such file or directory

For some reason, although all these files are in the same location, the cmd.exe is running from my user directory: C:\Users\<user_name>\Documents

I don’t want cmd.exe to use this path; I want it to use the path\to\sample_program directory.

How do I get this to use relative paths so when I transfer this folder to someone else, and they place it anywhere, it will work as a self-contained unit?

How to&Answers:

Try this, if path\to\sample_program is on the same drive as your home drive

Shell "cmd.exe /k cd " & ThisWorkbook.Path & "&&python_script.bat"

or this if path\to\sample_program is not on the same drive as your home drive, or you dont know in advance

Shell "cmd.exe /k " & Left(ThisWorkbook.Path, 2) & "&&cd " & ThisWorkbook.Path & "&&python_script.bat"


You can use Environ("username") to get the user logon name, so for your sample (which I presume is Windows 7)

Sub GetDir()
MsgBox "C:\Users\" & Environ("username") & "\Documents"
End Sub

You can also automatically retrieve certain locations regardless of OS using SpecialFOlders, ie

Sub GetPath()
Set wshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Documents = wshShell.SpecialFolders("MyDocuments")
MsgBox Documents
End Sub