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Create File with Contents (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

Create File with Contents

Creates a new (data) file and fills it with (text) contents in one step.

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Create File with Contents [ Select ; Result (error) ; FilePath ; Contents ;
                            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
Contents the (text) contents
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 16.0


FileMaker Pro 17 to FileMaker Pro 21 (2024)


This will create the file and directly set the contents of the file in one step.

You can use FileMaker styled paths, like “filewin:/C:/MyFiles/test.txt”.
You can also omit filemac: or filewin:. 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 with Contents [ Select ; gErrorCode ; "C:\Testtext.txt" l  "My contents!" ]

This will create the file “Testtext.txt” on the C disk, with as contents the text “My contents!”.

Create File with Contents [ Select ; $ErrorCode ; "/macHD/users/ad/nw/foldB/myfile.txt"  ; 
                             "Hello FileMakers!"; Create Folders: on ]

This will create the file “myfile.txt”, with “Hello FileMakers!” as contents. 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

# First find the path to the desktop folder and put it in a variable:
Set Variable [ $DesktopPath ;  TrFile_FindFolder( "-Desktop" ) ]

# Now make a (semi) unique filepath:
Set Variable [ $TimeTxt ;  Hour(Get(CurrentTime)) & "-" & Minute(Get(CurrentTime)) & "-" 
                       &  (Seconds( Get(CurrentTime) ) ]
Set Variable [ $FilePath ;  $DesktopPath & "Demo_WithContents" & $TimeTxt & ".txt") ]
Set Variable [ $TheContents ; $TimeTxt & " Success: we created + set the text of the file with Troi File." ]

# Now create and fill the file in one step:
Create File with Contents  [ Select ; Result: $ErrorCode ; FilePath: $FilePath ; 
                                         Contents: $TheContents "  ; Create Folders: off ]

This will create the filled file on the Desktop, and store the error code in the variable $ErrorCode.

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