Delete File (script step reference)

By May 1, 2017May 20th, 2020Online Help, Troi File Plug-in
Troi File Plug-in for FileMaker Pro

Delete File

Deletes the file indicated by the file path

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Delete File [ Select ; Result (error) ; filePath ]


Select entire contentsreplaces 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
filePaththe path to the file to delete

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:

0no errorThe file was deleted
$$-43fnfErrThe file was not found
$$-47fBsyErrThe file is in use
$$-1genericErrThe file could not be deleted

Other errors may be returned.

Originated in

Troi File Plug-in 9.0


FileMaker Pro 16 to 19


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”.


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

Delete File [ Select ; gErrorCode ; "C:\TestFile.xls" ]

This script will delete the file “TestFile.xls”. On Mac OS 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 script step:

DeleteFile [ Select ; gErrorCode ;  gFilePath ]

This will delete the file from the disk.

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