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Returns the text value of the container data.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server iOS SDK
Container 7.2 ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
MBS( "Container.GetText"; Container; Name or Index { ; Encoding } )   More


Parameter Description Example Flags
Container The container field or value to inspect. MyTable::MyContainerField
Name or Index either the name of the Type or it's index 0
Encoding The text encoding for result.
Default is native.
Possible encoding names: ANSI, ISO-8859-1, Latin1, Mac, Native, UTF-8, DOS, Hex, Base64 or Windows. More listed in the FAQ.
UTF8 Optional


Returns text or error.


Returns the text value of the container data.
You must tell the plug-in which of the types in the container field you want to use. You can use either it's name (JPEG, TIFF, PNGf etc) or it's index. The index is from 0 to the count of types -1 You can use Container.GetCount to return the count of types in the container.
You can pass index zero and get data form references file in case container is a file reference.

See also Text.ReadTextFromContainer for reading text from main item in container.


Show main item in container:

Show Custom Dialog ["Main item"; MBS("Container.GetText"; test::Test; "MAIN")]

Query text of XML file in a container:

Set Variable [ $text ; Value: MBS( "Container.GetText"; test::test; "FILE"; "UTF-8") ]

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Created 24th March 2017, last changed 15th March 2021

Container.GetSize - Container.GetTotalSize