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Reads data as PDF.

Component Version macOS Windows Server FileMaker Cloud FileMaker iOS SDK
BinaryFile 7.3 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MBS( "BinaryFile.ReadPDF"; BinaryFileRef; ByteCount { ; Filename } )   More


Parameter Description Example value
BinaryFileRef The reference number for the open file. $FH
ByteCount The number of Bytes to read. 1000
Filename Optional
Optional file name to use for PDF in container value.


Returns PDF, empty or error.


Reads data as PDF.
This is a special method which actually reads the data and then looks inside the data for a PDF.
So there can be data before and after the PDF, which is ignored.
Returns nothing if no PDF is found.

For PDF content: If you have a DynaPDF Pro license and DynaPDF functions initialized, this function can add previews for the PDF file on Windows and Linux. For MacOS, we make them with PDFKit.


Read some PDF from file:

Set Variable [ $fh ; Value: MBS( "BinaryFile.Open"; "/Users/cs/Desktop/Tes0059.pdf" ) ]
Set Variable [ $len ; Value: MBS( "BinaryFile.Length"; $fh) ]
Set Variable [ $pdf ; Value: MBS( "BinaryFile.ReadPDF"; $fh; $len; "test.pdf") ]
Set Field [ test::ContainerField ; $pdf ]
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "BinaryFile.Close"; $fh) ]

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Release notes

Created 12nd June 2017, last changed 27th October 2019

BinaryFile.ReadInt   -   BinaryFile.ReadText

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