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TrFile_DeleteFile (function reference)

By June 1, 2024June 4th, 2024Online Help, Troi File Plug-in
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Troi File Plug-in for FileMaker Pro


Deletes the file indicated by the filePath. This function requires no user intervention.

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TrFile_DeleteFile ( switches ; filePath )


switches modifies the action of the function
filePath the path to the file to delete


Switches can be empty or:

-ForceDelete forcefully delete the file even if it is busy (open by an other application).

Returned Result

Data type returned

Error code


The returned result is an error code. An error always starts with 2 dollars, followed by the error code. You should always check for errors. Returned error codes can be:

0 no error The file was deleted
$$-43 fnfErr The file was not found
$$-47 fBsyErr The file is in use
$$-1 genericErr The file could not be deleted

Other errors may be returned.

Originated in

Troi File Plug-in 1.0


FileMaker Pro 17 to FileMaker Pro 21 (2024)


WARNING: The file is not moved to the Trash, but deleted completely. This can not be undone!
See also the Dial_Dialog function (of the Troi Dialog plug-in) or use the “Show Message” script step if you want to warn the user.

You can use FileMaker styled paths, like “filewin:/C:/MyFiles/test.txt”.
Starting with Troi File Plug-in 12.0 you can omit filemac: or filewin: too! Any path starting with a slash will be parsed as a FileMaker style path (of the platform FileMaker is running).
v12.0 added the -ForceDelete switch to forcefully delete the file even if it is busy. This solves a problem where in some cases the OS would keep a file busy for too long (giving error code $$-47 fBsyErr).


Assume your C disk already contains a file “TestFile.xls”. We assume that a global number field gErrorCode is defined. Create the following script:

Set Field [ gErrorCode ; TrFile_DeleteFile ( "-Unused" ; "C:\TestFile.xls" ) ]

This script will delete the file “TestFile.xls”. On macOS the path will be of the form “Mac HD:TestFile.xls”.

Example 2

We assume that in your FileMaker file the following fields are defined:

  gErrorCode		Global, number
  gFilePath		Global, text

gFilePath should contain the path to an existing file which you want to delete, for example “D:\Logs\Log01.TXT” (Windows) or “Mac HD:Logs:Log 1” (Mac). In a script add the following scriptstep:

Set Field [ gErrorCode ; TrFile_DeleteFile ( "-Unused" ;  gFilePath ) ]

This will delete the file from the disk.

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