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Queries list of file names in folder.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server FileMaker iOS SDK
Files 2.8 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MBS( "Files.List"; Path { ; filter; ExtensionFilter } )   More


Parameter Description Example Flags
Path Native path to the directory. "C:\Test"
filter Optional, limits what is returned. Default is 0 to report all files. Pass a combination of 1 for showing only files, 2 for showing only directories and 4 for showing only visible items.
Add 8 if the path includes the file name specification with wildcards.
Combined pass 4+1 for visible files or 2+1 for visible directories.
5 Optional
ExtensionFilter Optional, a filter for getting only files with matching file extension. ".txt" Optional


Returns list of files separated by return.


Queries list of file names in folder.
The list of names is separated by new line character.
This function needs a native path. Please use Path.FileMakerPathToNativePath function in order to convert a FileMaker style path to a native path.
With filter parameter being 8 on Windows, you can pass a path with wildcards directly and ExtensionFilter parameter is ignored. This is not supported on macOS.

See also Files.ListRecursive. You can filter result with List.MatchesPostfix to get list with one file extension only.

If you need sorting, please check List.Sort function.


Queries files in Users folder on Mac:

$files = MBS("Files.List"; "/Users")

Queries visible files in windows folder:

$files = MBS("Files.List"; "c:\\Windows\\"; 5)

Queries DLL files in windows folder:

$files = MBS("Files.List"; "c:\\Windows\\"; 0; ".dll")

Queries Applications with name starting with e in windows folder:

$files = MBS("Files.List"; "c:\\Windows\\e*.exe"; 8)

Find FileMaker databases in a folder:

MBS("Files.List"; "c:\\Users\\Christian\\Desktop"; 0; ".fmp12")

See also

Example Databases

Blog Entries

FileMaker Magazin

Release notes

Created 18th August 2014, last changed 10th August 2020

Files.LaunchFile   -   Files.ListAsJSON

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