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GetContainerAttribute

Returns the file metadata of the specified container field.

Format 

GetContainerAttribute ( field ; attributeName )

Parameters 

field - any expression that returns container data.

attributeName - the name of a supported attribute (see below).

Data type returned 

text, number, date, time, timestamp, container

Originated in version 

13.0

Description 

Some attributes may not return a result. For example, the values for the latitude and longitude of a photo may not be available, or some audio metadata like album art may not be available because the metadata is stored outside the audio file. Some individual attributes in the group attribute all may not be applicable in some circumstances.

In addition, when databases are hosted on Windows or Cloud and accessed via REST APIs, some attributes from the GetContainerAttribute function (for example, photo, created, modified, and all) may return invalid values. 

Attributes

 

Attribute

Returns

Data type returned

General

 

 

filename

The name of the file inserted into the container field.

text

MD5

The result of applying the cryptographic hash function MD5 to a file inserted into the container field or a file referenced by a container field.

text

storageType

The method used to store the data in the container field: Embedded, External (Secure), External (Open), File Reference, Text.

text

fileSize

The size (in bytes) of the file inserted into the container field.

number

internalSize

The amount (in bytes) of the space inside the database file that is occupied by the container field.

number

externalSize

The amount (in bytes) of the space that is stored externally by the container field. This is either the size of the referenced file or the total size of all files in the container field (set up for open or secure storage).

number

externalFiles

A list of the external files associated with the container field (either files using open or secure storage or a file reference).

text

 

 

 

Images

 

 

width

A number representing the width of the image in pixels.

number

height

A number representing the height of the image in pixels.

number

dpiWidth

A number representing the horizontal DPI of the image.

number

dpiHeight

A number representing the vertical DPI of the image.

number

transparency

1 if the image has an alpha channel, otherwise returns 0.

number

 

 

 

Photos

 

 

 

Note  Only JPEG and TIFF files return results.

 

orientation

A number representing the orientation of the photo:
1 (Normal)
2 (Flipped horizontally)
3 (Rotated 180 degrees)
4 (Flipped vertically)
5
(Rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise and flipped vertically)
6 (Rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise)
7
(Rotated 90 degrees clockwise and flipped vertically)
8 (Rotated 90 degrees clockwise)

Note  Photos that were inserted using earlier versions of FileMaker clients are not automatically oriented; for such photos, not applied is appended to the result. For example, 3 (Rotated 180 degrees), not applied.

text

created

The earliest available timestamp for the photo.

timestamp

modified

The latest available timestamp for the photo. If the photo has never been modified, an empty string is returned.

timestamp

latitude

The latitude of the location of the photo.

text

longitude

The longitude of the location of the photo.

text

make

The manufacturer of the camera used for the photo.

text

model

The camera model used for the photo.

text

 

 

 

Audio

 

 

 

Note  Only MP3 and M4A files return results.

 

title

The title of the audio.

text

artist

The name of the performer of the audio.

text

album

The name of the album containing the audio.

text

year

The year the audio was released.

text

track

The track number and count of the audio. For example, 3/12, or 3 if the track count is not available.

text

genre

The genre of the audio.

text

composer

The composer of the audio.

text

coverArt

An image of the album cover.

container

duration

The duration of the audio. For example, 0:03:16.

time

bitRate

The number of kilobits per second (kbps) used in the audio.

number

 

 

 

Barcodes

 

 

barcodeText

The contents of the barcode.

text

barcodeType

The type of the barcode.

text

 

 

 

Signatures

 

 

signed

The timestamp when the signature was inserted.

timestamp

 

 

 

Groups

 

 

general

Attributes listed in the General category above pertaining to the container field.

text

audio

Attributes listed in the Audio category above pertaining to the container field.

text

image

Attributes listed in the Images category above pertaining to the container field.

text

photo

Attributes listed in the Photos category above pertaining to the container field.

text

barcode

Attributes listed in the Barcodes category above pertaining to the container field.

text

signature

Attributes listed in the Signatures category above pertaining to the container field.

text

all

Attributes in all the categories listed above pertaining to the container field.

text

Notes 

Barcodes and signatures are not considered images.

The internalSize can be much smaller than the fileSize (for example, container fields set up for open or secure storage, file references, or compressed files) or much larger than the fileSize (for example, container fields created by plug-ins).

Using the attribute MD5 allows you to prevent the insertion of duplicated files into a container field regardless of the filename.

For the group attributes general, audio, image, photo, and all, attributes are displayed in the format attributeName: attributeValue with one attribute per line. Some attributes are displayed differently in order to fit the attribute on one line:

externalFiles. Displays only the number of external files.

transparency. Displays 1 (True) or 0 (False).

coverArt. Displays png or jpg depending on the type of image.

bitRate. Displays kbps after the number. If an audio uses a variable bit rate, (VBR) is appended to the result. For example: Bit Rate: 247 kbps (VBR).

year. Date information may be returned in parentheses after the year. For example: Year: 2019 (11/10/2019).

Each returned value, except the last, ends with a carriage return.

To minimize the frequency with which FileMaker Pro analyzes container data, use GetContainerAttribute in a field's auto-enter calculation and deselect Do not replace existing value of field (if any). In this case, GetContainerAttribute will update only when the contents of the specified container field change. If GetContainerAttribute is used in a calculation field definition, the calculation may update each time the current record changes, reducing the performance of your custom app.

Example 1 

Notice that the attributes in the following examples are enclosed in quotation marks.

GetContainerAttribute(Image;"all") returns:

[General]

Filename: IMG_003.JPG

Storage Type: Embedded

MD5: C35A3F668A1FB3F370969399A1FF04FE

File Size: 1964978

Internal Size: 1965064

External Size: 0

External Files: 0

 

[Image]

Width: 1936

Height: 2592

DPI Width: 72

DPI Height: 72

Transparency: 0 (False)

 

[Photo]

Orientation: 6 (Rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise)

Created: 1/14/2020 2:40:31 PM

Modified:

Latitude: 37.406167

Longitude: -121.983333

Make: Apple

Model: iPhone 11

Example 2 

GetContainerAttribute(Product;"barcode") returns:

[Barcode]

Barcode Text: 875720001107

Barcode Type: UPC-A

Example 3 

GetContainerAttribute(Package;"signature") returns:

[Signature]

Signed: 11/10/2019 11:41:22 AM

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