Close Data File

Closes an open data file.


  • File ID is a numeric expression that specifies the file ID of an open data file.


Product Supported
FileMaker Pro Yes
FileMaker Go Yes
FileMaker WebDirect No
FileMaker Server Yes
FileMaker Cloud Yes
FileMaker Data API No
Custom Web Publishing Yes

Originated in version 



Use this script step to close an open data file. For a list of the file IDs of all currently open data files, use the Get(OpenDataFileInfo) function. To close all open data files, set the File ID parameter to "*" (an asterisk surrounded by double quotation marks). All data files are closed when FileMaker Pro quits.

Example 1 

Closes the open data file with a file ID of 2.

Close Data File [ File ID: 2 ]

Example 2 

Closes all open data files.

Close Data File [ File ID: "*" ]

Example 3 

Opens a file, sets the file ID to a variable, reads the entire file, then closes the file using the same file ID.

Set Variable [ $file ; Value: "data.txt" ]
Open Data File [ "$file" ; Target: $fileID ]
Read from Data File [ File ID: $fileID ; Amount (bytes): ; Target: Table::Data ; Read as: UTF-8 ]
Close Data File [ File ID: $fileID ]