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Queries the creation date of the file or folder.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server iOS SDK
Files 2.9 ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
MBS( "Files.CreationDate"; Path )   More


Parameter Description Example
Path Native path to the file to check. "C:\test\me.jpg"


Returns timestamp or error.


Queries the creation date of the file or folder.

Although the function is named date, it does return the time, too. Result is a timestamp.

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.
For Server be aware that server has limited permissions and may not be able to access all files on a computer.


Queries creation date of a file

MBS( "Files.CreationDate"; "C:\test.txt" )

Show files Dates:

MBS( "Files.CreationDate"; "C:\Users\Christian\Desktop\ddd.rtf" ) & " created" & ¶ &
MBS( "Files.ModificationDate"; "C:\Users\Christian\Desktop\ddd.rtf" ) & " modified" & ¶ &
MBS( "Files.AccessDate"; "C:\Users\Christian\Desktop\ddd.rtf" ) & " accessed"

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Created 18th August 2014, last changed 17th July 2017

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