Recover File

Recovers a damaged FileMaker Pro file.


  • With dialog specifies whether to display a dialog box after the script step is performed, showing how many bytes of data were recovered, the number of records and field values skipped, and the number of field definitions recovered.

    Setting With dialog to Off applies only to default recovery operations. The Advanced Recovery Options dialog box is not supported.

  • Specify output file specifies the file to be recovered. For more information, see Creating file paths. If you don't select a source file, the Open Damaged File dialog box displays at runtime.


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

Originated in version 

6.0 or earlier


The Recover command makes an aggressive attempt to reopen a damaged file. It is intended for data recovery, not file repair. Do not use the Recover command as part of routine file maintenance.

FileMaker Pro attempts to recover as much of the information in a damaged file as possible, and then creates a new, recovered file. The original file is not deleted or replaced.


  • Before you begin, be sure you have enough disk space for the recovered file. If there isn't enough space, the recovered file won't be usable.

Example 1 

Opens Invoices Backup, then attempts to recover the database if it is damaged.

Open File [Open hidden: Off ; "Invoices Backup"]
If [Get ( LastError ) = 807]
    Recover File [With dialog: Off; "Invoices Backup.fmp12"]
End If