Get(InstalledFMPluginsAsJSON)

Returns a JSON object with the attributes of installed plug-ins.

Format 

Get ( InstalledFMPluginsAsJSON )

Parameters 

None

Data type returned 

text

Originated in version 

19.2.2

Description 

This function returns the same information as the Get(InstalledFMPlugins) function, except that it's a JSON object and also includes each plug-in's ID, file path, and description.

In the following example of the returned JSON object, there are two installed plug-ins in the plugins array.

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{
    "APIVers": 1,
    "plugins": [
        {
            "name": "MyPlugin1",
            "id": "XM32",
            "version": "1.0",
            "state": "Enabled",
            "filepath": "filemac:/HD/Users/user1/Library/Application Support/FileMaker/Extensions/MyPlugin1.fmplugin/",
            "description": "This is a sample FileMaker plug-in."
        },
        {
            "name": "MyPlugin2",
            "id": "BO3B",
            "version": "1.1.6x3422",
            "state": "Disabled",
            "filepath": "filemac:/HD/Users/user1/Library/Application Support/FileMaker/FileMaker Pro/19.0/Extensions/MyPlugin2.fmplugin/",
            "description": "This is another FileMaker plug-in."
        }
    ]
}

The following table describes the elements in the returned JSON object.

JSON element

Description

APIVers

Numeric value for the version of this JSON object's structure. If the structure of this JSON object changes in a subsequent release, this number will change.

plugins

Array containing an object for each installed plug-in. If no plug-ins are installed, the value is null.

name

Plug-in's name

id

Plug-in's four-character ID (see About controlling plug-in access between files)

version

Plug-in's version number as a string

state

Whether the plug-in is currently enabled in Preferences and is loaded:

  • Enabled – Enabled and can be loaded
  • Disabled – Disabled and can't be loaded
  • Ignored – Failed to load, which could be due to software incompatibility
filepath

Path of the plug-in file in FileMaker format (see Creating file paths)

description

Plug-in's description

The name, version, and description are the values provided by the plug-in developer in the plug-in's resource file (Windows) or the info.plist file (macOS).

Example 1 

Returns the number of installed plug-ins.

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ValueCount ( JSONListKeys ( Get ( InstalledFMPluginsAsJSON ) ; "plugins" ) )

Example 2 

Returns the version number of the plug-in with the ID specified by the $$id variable. For the system that returns the example JSON object above, the following calculation returns 1.0 if $$id is "XM32".

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While ( 
    [ 
    plugin_json = Get ( InstalledFMPluginsAsJSON ) ;
    total = ValueCount ( JSONListKeys ( plugin_json ; "plugins" ) ) ;
    index = 0 ;
    version = "" 
    ] ; 

    index < total ; 

    [ 
    version = If ( JSONGetElement ( plugin_json ; "plugins[" & index & "].id" ) = $$id ; 
        JSONGetElement ( plugin_json ; "plugins[" & index & "].version" ) ; "" ) ;
    index = If ( version = "" ; index + 1 ; total )
    ] ; 

    version 
)