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Queries properties for a file.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server iOS SDK
MetaDataQuery 8.0 ✅ Yes ❌ No ❌ No ✅ Yes, on macOS ❌ No
MBS( "MetaDataQuery.AttributesForFile"; Path )   More


Parameter Description Example
Path The native file path to the file to check. "/Users/cs/Desktop/sample.pdf"


Returns JSON or error.


Queries properties for a file.
Returns JSON block with attributes.
This provides information Spotlight knows about the file.

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.


Query download URL of file:

Set Variable [ $path ; Value: "/Users/cs/Downloads/test.html" ]
Set Variable [ $json ; Value: MBS( "MetaDataQuery.AttributesForFile"; $path) ]
Set Variable [ $link ; Value: MBS("JSON.GetPathItem"; $json; "kMDItemWhereFroms¶0") ]
Show Custom Dialog [ "Link" ; $link ]

Query song details:

MBS( "MetaDataQuery.AttributesForFile"; "/Users/cs/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/ABBA/ABBA_ Gold - Greatest Hits/16 One of Us.m4p" )

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Created 21st December 2017, last changed 11st August 2018

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