Insert Picture

Imports a graphic from another file into the current container field.


  • Store only as a reference instructs FileMaker Pro to store only a link to the graphic file instead of the entire file. This option may reduce the size of your FileMaker Pro file, but if you move or delete the graphic, FileMaker Pro will be unable to display it.
  • Specify source file identifies the file that contains the graphic. The file path must begin with image, imagemac, imagewin, or imagelinux. See Creating file paths.


Product Supported
FileMaker Pro Yes
FileMaker Go Yes
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 field, click in a field, or use the Go to Field script step before performing this script step.

When Insert Picture is performed, unless a file is specified with the Specify source file option, FileMaker Pro displays a dialog box where the user can select and preview the file to be imported.


  • FileMaker WebDirect does not support the Store only as a reference or Specify source file options.
  • If there is no active container field on the layout where the script is being performed, Insert Picture returns an error code that can be captured with the Get(LastError) function.

Example 1 

Goes to the Picture field and inserts a picture using the relative path image:Photos/Mobile Phone.png.

Go to Field [Products::Picture]
Insert Picture ["Mobile Phone.png"]