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Reads bytes from socket and returns them as text.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server iOS SDK
Socket 4.3 ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
MBS( "Socket.ReadAll"; SocketID { ; Encoding } )   More


Parameter Description Example Flags
SocketID The socket ID received by Socket.Connect function. $sock
Encoding The text encoding for result.
Default is native. This function can also handle UTF-16 as well as UTF-16LE and UTF-16BE for little/big endian byte order.
Possible encoding names: ANSI, ISO-8859-1, Latin1, Mac, Native, UTF-8, DOS, Hex, Base64 or Windows. More listed in the FAQ.
UTF8 Optional


Returns text or error.


Reads bytes from socket and returns them as text.
This function will look how much is in read buffer and query all bytes inside.
May not work for SSL sockets.

The buffer size of the socket is managed by the OS and can be several megabytes big if needed. To look into buffer without removing text, please use Socket.PeekAll function instead.


Read all bytes and decode them from Windows text encoding into FileMaker:

$value = MBS( "Socket.ReadAll"; $sock; "windows" )

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This function is free to use.

Created 11st September 2014, last changed 9th November 2021

Socket.Read - Socket.ReadAllHex