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Create File (script step reference)

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

Create File

Creates a new empty file in the location indicated by the filePath.

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Create File [ Select ; Result (error) ; FilePath ; Create Folders ]


Select entire contents replaces the contents of a field with the result. If not checked the result replaces the currently selected portion of the field
Result (error) an error code
FilePath the path to the file to create
Create Folders off/on: also create new folders if they don’t exist in the specified path

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 created
$$-48 dupFNErr Destination file already exists
$$-1 genericErr The file could not be created

Other errors may be returned.

Originated in

Troi File Plug-in 9.0


FileMaker Pro 17 to FileMaker Pro 21 (2024)


TIP: You can now also create and set the contents of the file in one step with the "Create File with Contents" step.

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).

See also the script step: Show Save File Dialog to get a filepath for the file.


Create File [ Select ; gErrorCode ; "C:\Testtext.txt" ]

This will create the empty file “Testtext.txt” on the C disk.

Create File [ Select ; $ErrorCode ; "/macHD/users/ad/nw/foldB/myfile.log"  ; Create Folders: on ]

This will create the empty file “myfile.log”. With “Create Folders” set to “on” this will also create new folders if they don’t exist in the specified path, for example the folders “nw” and “foldB” may be created.

Example 2

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

  gErrorCode		Global, number
  gDestFilePath		Global, text 

gDestFilePath should contain the path to the destination and should not exist, for example “D:\Logs\L2000_01.TXT” (Windows) or “Mac HD:Logs:Log 2000_01” (Mac). In a script add the following script step:

Create File [ Select ; $ErrorCode ; gDestFilePath ]

This will create the file indicated in the gDestFilePath, and store the error code in the variable $ErrorCode.

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