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Puts a list of file paths on the clipboard.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server iOS SDK
Clipboard 5.1 ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ❌ No ❌ No ✅ Yes
MBS( "Clipboard.SetFiles"; Paths )   More


Parameter Description Example
Paths The list of file paths. "C:\Users\Christian\Desktop\Jaguar Aqua Graphite.jpg"


Returns OK or error.


Puts a list of file paths on the clipboard.

For server this will modify the clipboard of the user account running the server app on the server computer and not the clipboard of any client.

You can use Files.DeleteLater to delete temporary files later if needed.

This function requires a native path. Use Path.FileMakerPathToNativePath to convert a FileMaker path to a native path if required. If you like to have the user choose the path, you can use FileDialog functions.


Put a file path to clipboard on Windows:

MBS("Clipboard.SetFiles"; "C:\Users\Christian\Desktop\test.fmp12")

Put two file paths on clipboard on Windows:

MBS("Clipboard.SetFiles"; "C:\Users\Christian\Desktop\test.fmp12¶C:\Users\Christian\Desktop\Jaguar Aqua Graphite.jpg")

Put a file path on clipboard on Mac:

MBS("Clipboard.SetFiles"; "/Users/cs/Desktop/todo.rtf")

Write a temp file and put it on the clipboard:

# find a temp file path
Set Variable [ $path ; Value: MBS( "Path.AddPathComponent"; MBS( "Folders.UserTemporary" ); "export.jpg") ]
# write our container there
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "Container.WriteFile"; Test::GImage; $path ) ]
# and use it for clipboard
Set Variable [ $result ; Value: MBS( "Clipboard.SetFiles"; $path) ]

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Created 23th April 2015, last changed 20th October 2023

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