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Queries list of file names in folder.

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MBS( "Files.List"; Path { ; filter; ExtensionFilter } )   More


Parameter Description Example value
Path Native path to the directory. "C:\Test"
filter Optional
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.
ExtensionFilter Optional
Optional, a filter for getting only files with matching file extension.


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 Mac OS X.

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

Created 18th August 2014, last changed 17th March 2020

Files.LaunchFile   -   Files.ListRecursive

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