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Queries path to user's desktop folder.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server iOS SDK
Folders 4.3 ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ❌ No ❌ No ✅ Yes
MBS( "Folders.UserDesktop" )




Returns path or error.


Queries path to user's desktop folder.
This is a native path. You can use Path.NativePathToFileMakerPath if you need to use path in a script step.

For FileMaker Server it is possible to not have a desktop folder or to have it on a different location than normal user accounts.


Queries path:

MBS( "Folders.UserDesktop" )

Create folder on Desktop:

Set Variable [$folder; Value:MBS( "Folders.UserDesktop" )]
If [IsEmpty(Container Export::Name)]
    Set Field [Container Export::Name; "Record " & Get(RecordID)]
End If
Set Variable [$path; Value:MBS( "Path.AddPathComponent"; $folder; Container Export::Name )]
Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS("Files.CreateDirectory"; $path)]

Get file in desktop folder:

Set Variable [$folder; Value:MBS( "Folders.UserDesktop" )]
Set Variable [$path; Value:MBS( "Path.AddPathComponent"; $folder; "test.txt" )]

See also

Example Databases

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This function is free to use.

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

Folders.SystemTemporary - Folders.UserDocuments