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Set Timestamp Created (script step reference)

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

Set Timestamp Created

Sets the creation date/time of the file specified by the filePath.

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Set Timestamp Created [ Select ; Result (error) ; FilePath ; Timestamp ]


Select entire contents replaces the entire 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
Timestamp new creation date/time of the file

Returned Result

Data type returned

Error code


If successful it returns 0. If unsuccessful it returns an error code starting with $$ and the error code. Returned error codes can be:

0 no error the creation date/time was set
$$-43 fnfErr the file was not found
$$-4241 the date/time is too big
$$-4245 the date/time is too small

Originated in

Troi File Plug-in 9.0


FileMaker Pro 17 to FileMaker Pro 21 (2024)


– macOS limits (using file system HFS+): on macOS the minimum representable date is January 1st, 1904 GMT. The maximum representable date is February 6, 2040 at 06:28:15 GMT.
– Windows limits: the minimum representable date is January 1st, 1980. The maximum date is December 31, 2107.
– The timestamps are in local time.
– On macOS it may take some time (about 5 secs) before the change is visible in the Finder. On Windows you need to refresh a Window before you see the change.
– Some file systems may not support creation time.


Set Timestamp Created [ Select ; gErrorCode ; "C:\test.doc" ; 
			Timestamp ( Date ( 5 ; 09 ; 2017 ) ; Time ( 08 ; 59 ; 59 ) ) ] 

This will set the creation date/time to May 9, 2017 at 08:59:59.

Example 2

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

    gTheFile			Global, text
    gTimestampCreated		Global, timestamp
    gErrorCode			Global, text

gFileSpec should contain the path to an existing file, for example “D:\Out.txt” (Windows) or “Mac HD:Out.txt” (Mac). gTimestampCreated should contain a valid date/time. In a script add the following script step:

Set Timestamp Created [ Select ; gErrorCode ;  gTheFile ; gTimestampCreated ]

This will set the file’s creation date/time to the value in the timestamp field.

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Online Help Page for Troi File Plug-in for 17 to 2024 –> Set Timestamp Created (filep7285) 2024-0604 19:15:00