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Sets the hidden state for a file or folder.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server iOS SDK
Files 7.1 ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ❌ No ✅ Yes, on macOS and Windows ❌ No
MBS( "Files.SetHidden"; Path; Value )   More


Parameter Description Example
Path The native path to the file or folder to be checked. "/Users/John/Desktop/test.txt"
Value The new state.
Pass 1 to hide file or 0 to unhide file.


Returns OK or error.


Sets the hidden state for a file or folder.
If a file is hidden due to having a "." at the beginning of a name on macOS, you can’t unhide it by this function. You need to rename the file in this case.

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.


Hide a file:

MBS("Files.SetHidden"; "/Users/cs/Desktop/Changes.rtf"; 1)

Hide the ScriptErrors.log log file from FileMaker:

MBS( "Files.SetHidden"; MBS("Path.AddPathComponent"; MBS("Folders.UserDocuments"); "ScriptErrors.log"); 1 )

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This function is free to use.

Created 1st March 2017, last changed 14th March 2024

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