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Opens a PDF for importing from a container.

Component Version macOS Windows Server FileMaker Cloud FileMaker iOS SDK
DynaPDF 3.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MBS( "DynaPDF.OpenPDFFromContainer"; PDF; containerValue { ; PasswordType; Password } )   More


Parameter Description Example value
PDF The PDF reference returned from DynaPDF.New. $pdf
containerValue The container value to use. Should contain a PDF file. $PDF
PasswordType Optional
The password type and flags. Flag kann be 1 for owner password and 0 for open password. You can combine this with 2 to force repair.
Password Optional
The password to decrypt the file.


Returns number or error message.


Opens a PDF for importing from a container.

Requires DynaPDF Lite license.
On success returns a number ≥ 0.


Opens PDF:

$r = MBS( "DynaPDF.OpenPDFFromContainer"; $PDF; $PDFFile )
$error = MBS( "DynaPDF.GetLastErrorMessage"; $PDF )

Load PDF and extract text of page 2:

# initialize DynaPDF before running this:
Set Variable [$pdf; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.New")]
# load PDF from container
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.OpenPDFFromContainer";$pdf; Test::data)]
# import all pages
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.ImportPDFFile";$pdf)]
# extra text of page 2
Set Field [Test::PageText; MBS("DynaPDF.ExtractPageText"; $pdf; 2)]
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.Release"; $pdf)]

Import a single page:

Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.SetImportFlags"; $pdf; "ImportAll ImportAsPage")]
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.OpenPDFFromContainer"; $pdf; Invoice::PDF Template)]
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.ImportPDFPage"; $pdf; 1)]

Import selected pages from one PDF and write into a new one:

# New PDF
Set Variable [$pdf; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.New")]

# Open existing PDF file (or use DynaPDF.OpenPDFFromContainer for container)
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.OpenPDFFromFile"; $pdf; $path )]

# Query page count
Set Variable [$pageCount; Value:MBS( "DynaPDF.GetImportPageCount"; $pdf )]

# Import the pages you need
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.ImportPDFPage"; $pdf; 1)]
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.ImportPDFPage"; $pdf; 2)]
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.ImportPDFPage"; $pdf; 3)]
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.ImportPDFPage"; $pdf; $pagecount - 1)]
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.ImportPDFPage"; $pdf; $pagecount - 2)]

# Set output to this file path
# MBS( "DynaPDF.OpenOutputFile"; $pdf; "/Users/cs/Desktop/output.pdf" )

# Write PDF
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.Save"; $pdf)]

# release memory
Set Variable [$r1; Value:MBS("DynaPDF.Release"; $pdf)]

See also

Example Databases

Blog Entries

FileMaker Magazin

  • Ausgabe 3/2019, Seite 37
  • Ausgabe 2/2019, Seite 27
  • Ausgabe 2/2019, Seite 25
  • Ausgabe 1/2018, Seite 26
  • Ausgabe 1/2018, Seite 25
  • Ausgabe 1/2018, Seite 24
  • Ausgabe 6/2017, Seite 26
  • Ausgabe 6/2016, Seite 24

Created 18th August 2014, last changed 12nd September 2016

DynaPDF.OpenOutputFileEncrypted   -   DynaPDF.OpenPDFFromFile

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