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Runs a script after idle period.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server iOS SDK
FM 3.3 ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ❌ No ❌ No
MBS( "FM.RunScriptIdle"; DelaySeconds; FileName; ScriptName { ; ScriptParameter } )   More


Parameter Description Example Flags
DelaySeconds The Number of Seconds to wait before running the script. Moving the mouse or using keyboard will reset the counter. 10
FileName The name of the file that contains the script to be run Get(Filename)
ScriptName The exact name of the script to run.
Or the ID of the script in the current file.
ScriptParameter The Script Parameter to pass to the script Optional


Returns OK on success or error message on failure.


Runs a script after idle period.
This script is called in FileMaker whenever no user activity has been for the given amount of time.
You can also pass a text string to the Script as a Parameter. The parameter can be retrieved by using Get(ScriptParameter) in the script that plug-in is calling.

see also Schedule.StartScriptOnIdle, FM.StopScriptIdle, FM.RunScript, FM.RunScriptLater and Schedule functions.

Once you have the script running, you can use Process.IsFrontMost function to check if FileMaker is in the foreground or not.

With plugin version 6.0 or newer the script name can be a script ID number. In that case the plugin queries the script name for the given script ID. This allows to call scripts by ID and avoid problems if scripts are later renamed.

Notice: FileMaker 19.2 adds a fmplugin extended privileges. If you have such an extended privileges to allow the plugin to trigger scripts, you need to grant permissions for it. If such a privilege is not defined, the plugin is allowed to trigger scripts. See FileMaker product documentation for details.


Start idle script:

Set Variable [$r; Value:MBS( "FM.RunScriptIdle"; 10; Get(FileName); "Trigger")]

See also

Example Databases

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This function checks for a license.

Created 18th August 2014, last changed 17th April 2023

FM.RunScript - FM.RunScriptLater