TrFile_CreateFile (function reference)

By May 1, 2017 May 22nd, 2019 Online Help, Troi File Plug-in
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Troi File Plug-in for FileMaker Pro


Creates a new empty file in the location indicated by the filePath. This function requires no user intervention.

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TrFile_CreateFile ( switches ; filePath )


switchesreserved for future use, leave empty or set to "-Unused"
filePaththe path to the file to create

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 created
$$-48dupFNErrDestination file already exists
$$-1genericErrThe file could not be created

Other errors may be returned.

Originated in

Troi File Plug-in 1.0


FileMaker Pro 14 to 18


You can use FileMaker styled paths, like “filewin:/C:/MyFiles/test.txt”.
See also the function TrFile_SaveFileDialog to get a filepath for the file.


Set Field [ gErrorCode ; TrFile_CreateFile ( "-Unused" ; "C:\Testtext.txt" ) ]

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

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 scriptstep:

Set Field [ gErrorCode ; TrFile_CreateFile ( "-Unused" ; gDestFilePath ) ]

This will create the file indicated in the gDestFilePath.

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