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Delete Folder (script step reference)

Troi File Plug-in for FileMaker Pro

Delete Folder

Deletes the folder indicated by the folderPath.

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Delete Folder [ Select ; Result (error) ; FolderPath ;
                Delete all subfolders ]


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
FolderPath the path to the folder to delete
Delete all subfolders delete all sub folders and also the contents of those folders

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 folder was deleted
$$-1 the user cancelled the action
$$-37 bdNamErr bad name in the file system
$$-47 fBsyErr file is busy, can’t delete because the folder is not empty
$$-50 paramErr parameter error, check if the supplied parameters are correct
$$-120 dirNFErr directory not found, is not a directory or is a file

Other errors may be returned.

Originated in

Troi File Plug-in 9.0


FileMaker Pro 16 to FileMaker Pro 2023


WARNING This is a powerful feature. Be careful what you do! Note also that the folder is not moved to the Trash, but deleted completely. This can not be undone!
See also 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 “filemac:/MacHD/folder/subfolder”.


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

Delete Folder [ Select ; $ErrorCode ; "-Unused " ; " C:\Test Directory\" ]

This script will delete the folder “Test Directory”. On macOS the path will be of the form “Mac HD:Test Directory:”.

Example 2

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

  gErrorCode		Global, number
  gFolderPath		Global, text

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

Delete Folder [ Select ; gErrorCode ;  gFolderPath ; Delete all subfolders ]

This will delete the folder from the disk, including contents, like files and folders. The user is always given a warning. If you don’t use ‘Delete all subfolders’ only empty folders are deleted.

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Online Help Page for Troi File Plug-in for 16 to 2023 –> Delete Folder (filep7214) 2023-0601 16:22:28