Insert File

Imports a file or file reference into the current container field or into a variable; configures the Insert File dialog box.


  • Dialog options allows you to create a custom Insert File dialog box, filter file types, and choose storage, display, and compression options. See Insert File Options dialog box.
  • Target specifies the container field or variable to insert the file into. If the variable doesn't exist, this script step creates it (see Using variables).
  • Specify source file specifies the file to be inserted. See Creating file paths.


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

Originated in version 

6.0 or earlier


You must specify a target variable, specify a target container field on the current layout, click in a container field, or use the Go to Field script step before performing this script step. If Target is not specified, the data is placed in the active container field. Otherwise, this script step returns an error code that can be captured with the Get(LastError) function. If you do not specify a file to insert, FileMaker Pro displays a dialog box where the user can select a file.


  • FileMaker WebDirect does not support the Dialog options or Specify source file options.
  • FileMaker Go uses the following options in the Insert File Options dialog box with this script step: for Storage options, it uses Insert; and for Display, it uses Content of file (when possible).

Example 1 

Goes to the File field and inserts a document using the relative path file:Documents/Instruction Manual.doc.

Go to Field [Products::File]
Insert File ["Instruction Manual.doc"]

Example 2 

Opens a dialog box with custom file format filters for the user to select a file, attempts to compress the selected file, then inserts the file into the active container field.

Insert File [Filters; Insert; Compress when possible]

Example 3 

Inserts the file specified in the File Name field into the File container field, and attempts to display the contents of the file.

Set Variable [$FILE_PATH; Value: Get ( DocumentsPath ) & Products::File Name]
Insert File [Insert; Display content; Never compress; Products::File ; $FILE_PATH]