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Starts download of a cloud hosted file.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server iOS SDK
Files 13.4 ✅ Yes ❌ No ❌ No ✅ Yes, on macOS ✅ Yes
MBS( "Files.StartDownloadingUbiquitousItem"; Path )   More


Parameter Description Example
Path The native path to the file or folder to be checked. "/Users/John/Desktop/test.txt"


Returns OK or error.


Starts download of a cloud hosted file.
This function starts downloading (if necessary) the specified item to the local system.

If a cloud-based file or directory has not been downloaded yet, calling this method starts the download process. If the item exists locally, calling this method synchronizes the local copy with the version in the cloud.


Request download of a file:

Set Variable [ $r; Value: MBS( "Files.StartDownloadingUbiquitousItem"; "/Users/cs/Library/CloudStorage/Dropbox/Test/" )]

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Created 16th August 2023, last changed 16th August 2023

Files.StandardizePath - Files.UbiquitousItemStatus