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Queries clipboard content as text.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server iOS SDK
Clipboard 2.6 ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ❌ No ❌ No ✅ Yes
MBS( "Clipboard.GetText" { ; type } )   More


Parameter Description Example Flags
type The data type.
By default NSStringPboardType, but can be other Mac types.
Mac only.
"" Optional


The text from the clipboard. Empty if no text is there.


Queries clipboard content as text.
Examples for type parameter: public.utf8-plain-text, CorePasteboardFlavorType 0x54455854, public.rtf,CorePasteboardFlavorType 0x75747874.

For server this will query the clipboard of the user account running the server app on the server computer and not the clipboard of any client.

You may want to use Text.ReplaceNewline function with mode = 1 on the text to normalize line endings to what FileMaker expects.


Get text from clipboard:


Query addressbook data from Contacts app:

MBS("Clipboard.GetText"; "ABPeopleDictPboardType")

Get design from clipboard after copying it in FileMaker:

MBS("Clipboard.GetText"; "dyn.agk8u")

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Created 18th August 2014, last changed 5th March 2024

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