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Queries the Finder icon for the file or folder with the given path.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server iOS SDK
QuickLook Files 2.3 ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ❌ No ✅ Yes, on macOS and Windows ❌ No
MBS( "Icon.GetIconWithQuickLook"; Path; Size )   More


Parameter Description Example
Path The path to the file or folder. "/Applications"
Size The size of the icon picture you'd like to have. Suggested range is from 16 to 512 pixel. 512


Container value.


Queries the Finder icon for the file or folder with the given path.
This method tries first to get QuickLook preview for the file, before it tries the icon. QuickLook requires macOS 10.5. Size specifies the icon size from 16 to 512 pixel. The container value returned includes PNG data with alpha, JPEG preview, filename and size.

Version 4.3 adds support for Windows. We now query same thumbnail as explorer uses.
See also Icon.GetIcon.

Does not work on server due to missing quicklook services without an user account.


Queries preview on iPhoto app:

MBS( "Icon.GetIconWithQuickLook"; "/Applications/"; 512 )

Add picture to field:

Set Field [ test::pic ; MBS("Icon.GetIconWithQuickLook"; "/Users/cs/Desktop/solar-system.png"; 512) ]

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Created 18th August 2014, last changed 18th February 2021

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