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Moves a file or folder without user interface.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server iOS SDK
Files 2.8 ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
MBS( "Files.MoveFile"; SourcePath; DestPath { ; Overwrite; SkipSourcePermissionErrors; ProgressTitle } )   More


Parameter Description Example Flags
SourcePath The native path to the file or folder to be moved. "/Users/John/Desktop/test.txt"
DestPath The native path to the destination folder or file. "/Users/John/Desktop/Backup/"
Overwrite Mac only: Whether to allow overwriting existing files.
Default is off. Pass 1 to enable and 0 to disable.
On Windows, it overwrites always.
1 Optional
SkipSourcePermissionErrors Mac only: Whether to skip files with permission errors.
Default is off. Pass 1 to enable and 0 to disable.
1 Optional
ProgressTitle Title for the progress window.
For Windows only and the text may not be visible in your version of Windows.
"Copying FileMake files" Optional


Returns OK or error message.


Moves a file or folder without user interface.
SourcePath and DestPath must be valid and exist. So pass destination folder for the destination.

The Linux implementation does only move files within the same file system.
On Mac you may get error -43 for file not found if you refer to a file in a folder, where you don't have file permissions to look inside the folder.

See also Files.RenameFile to rename a file.

On Windows, if the destination path is relative, it is applied to the current process' working directory. See Process.SetCurrentDirectory to change that.

This function requires a native path. Use Path.FileMakerPathToNativePath to convert a FileMaker path to a native path if required. If you like to have the user choose the path, you can use FileDialog functions.
For Server be aware that server has limited permissions and may not be able to access all files on a computer.


Move a file:

MBS( "Files.MoveFile"; "C:\Users\Christian\Desktop\test1.txt"; "C:\Users\Christian\Desktop\test2.txt")

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Created 18th August 2014, last changed 26th February 2023

Files.MountPath - Files.MoveToTrash