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Reads a PDF file from the file system.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server iOS SDK
Files 4.3 ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
MBS( "Files.ReadPDF"; Path { ; FileName; DontRenderPreview } )   More


Parameter Description Example Flags
Path The native file system path to the file. "/Users/cs/Desktop/test.pdf"
FileName Optional the file name to use. "test.pdf" Optional
DontRenderPreview Pass 1 to not create a JPEG with preview of first page as part of the container. 0 Optional


Returns container value or error.


Reads a PDF file from the file system.
This function does not verify if the file you ask to load is actually a valid PDF.
Reading files over 1 GB is not supported.

See also Files.ReadJPEG, Files.ReadFile, Files.ReadPNG, Text.ReadTextFile and RichText.ReadFile.

If you have a DynaPDF Pro license and DynaPDF functions initialized, this function can add previews for the PDF file on Windows and Linux. For MacOS, we make them with PDFKit.

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.


Read a PDF file:

Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS( "Files.ReadPDF"; "/Users/cs/Desktop/todo.pdf")]

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Example Databases

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This function is free to use.

Created 18th August 2014, last changed 4th August 2023

Files.ReadJPEG - Files.ReadPNG