From the NOTES at the bottom
To access a file located on a shared Windows volume, use the network path format. This format is only compatible with shared Windows volumes. It is not compatible with shared Mac OS volumes or FileMaker Network sharing.
Filemaker's Page about FilepathsCreating file pathsIn FileMaker Pro, you can specifyto an external FileMaker .Note A FileMaker “data source” was called a “file reference” in pre-9.0 versions of FileMaker.Each named FileMaker data source can consist of one or more file paths. Use multiple file paths when you want FileMaker Pro to search a list of potential files.For information on adding a FileMaker data source and specifying file paths, see Connecting to data sources.FileMaker Pro supports the following file path formats:Type of pathDescriptionFormatRelativeThe path to a target file specified from the current database’s location. If the current database is opened remotely, the path starts from the local FileMaker Pro directoryfile:directoryName/fileNamefilemac:directoryName/filewin:../fileNameFull local or remote (Mac OS)The absolute path to a target file or folder, either local or on a remote volume, beginning at the top level of the file systemfilemac:/volumeName/directoryName/fileNamefilemac:/volumeName/directoryName/Full local (Windows)The absolute path to a target file or folder in Windows, beginning at the top level of the file systemfilewin:/driveletter:/directoryName/fileNamefilewin:/driveletter:/directoryName/Full remote (Windows)The absolute path to a target file or folder on a Windows volume shared using Windows file sharingfilewin://computerName/shareName/directoryName/fileNamefilewin://computerName/shareName/directoryName/FileMaker NetworkThe network path to aFileMaker Pro filefmnet:/hostIPaddress/fileName
Examples of single file pathsType of pathExampleRelativefile:MyDocuments/test.xlsFull local (Mac OS)filemac:/MacintoshHD/Users/JohnSmith/Documents/test.xlsFull local (Windows XP)filewin:/C:/Documents and Settings/j_doe/My Documents/test.xlsFull local (Windows Vista)filewin:/C:/Users/j_doe/Documents/test.xlsFull remote (Windows)filewin://SalesComputer/SharedVolume/ExcelFiles/test.xlsFileMaker Networkfmnet:/192.168.10.10/database.fp7
Examples of multiple file pathsUse multiple file paths when you want FileMaker Pro to search a list of potential files. File paths are searched in the order in which they appear. FileMaker Pro opens the first file it is able to successfully locate, which completes the search. Each file path must be on a separate line.•Example 1: In this example, a FileMaker Pro database must work on two different operating systems: a Windows system that accesses local Windows files, and a Mac OS system that accesses local Mac OS files. On both platforms, the database must access a local file named test.xls.filewin:/C:/ExcelFiles/Hosted/test.xlsfilemac:/MacintoshHD/ExcelFiles/Hosted/test.xls•Example 2: In this example for a scripted record import, a FileMaker Pro database should access a file that is hosted. However, because the host may not be available, you also reference two alternate files, one hosted by a different server, the other stored locally on your hard drive. If the first network file is unavailable, FileMaker Pro will search for the second network file. If the second network file is also unavailable, FileMaker Pro will search for the local file.fmnet:/192.168.10.10/Databases/test.fp7
VariablesYou can use Using variables.in file paths. Variables let you specify file or folder paths dynamically for many scripts, for example, the Export Records script step. SeeUse the Set Variable script step to create local and global variables.You can also use the Let function to specify variables in calculations.The scope of local variables is limited to the current script. The scope of global variables is limited to the file in which the global variables are defined, for as long as the file remains open.
Examples of using variables in file pathsAssume the following variables:$fileName = "test.xls"
$username = "JohnSmith"
$targetDir = "Documents/Clients"
$chosenType = "filewin"
$$source = "file:Documents/2009/demo files"
$driveLetter = "G:"
$searchList = "file:old results.txt
file:../archived/old results.txt"ToPath list entryResolved path listSpecify a filename onlyfile:testing/$fileNamefile:testing/test.xlsSpecify one or more directories in a pathfile:$username/$fileNamefile:JohnSmith/test.xlsSpecify absolute paths or relative paths, with various path type prefixesfilewin:/$driveLetter/$targetDir/contacts.txt
filemac:../Documents/Clients/contactsSpecify a path type prefix dynamically or as part of a longer path$chosenType:/$driveLetter/$targetDir
file:Documents/2009/demo files/test.xls$searchListfile:old results.txt
file:../archived/old results.txtSpecify a directory (not a file)file:$targetDir/
file:Documents/Clients/JohnSmith/Notes•File paths can be edited as text.•To create a generic, cross-platform file path, begin the file path with the word file.•To create platform-specific file paths, begin the file path with either filemac or filewin. FileMaker Pro only searches the platform-specific file path that corresponds to the operating system on which the FileMaker Pro application is running.•To access a file located on a shared Windows volume, use the network path format. This format is only compatible with shared Windows volumes. It is not compatible with shared Mac OS volumes or FileMaker Network sharing.•FileMaker does not recommend using an asterisk (*) as a wildcard character in network file paths as it slows FileMaker network traffic. When possible, replace an asterisk with the appropriate IP address or use variables in file paths. If you have converted a database from a previous version of FileMaker Pro, review the converted data sources and replace any asterisks with known IP addresses or network file paths.•Variables are only supported in script steps that use stored file paths.•Variables are not supported in file paths that are stored in container fields.•Variables are not supported in FileMaker data sources. For more information on data sources, see Editing external FileMaker data sources.•Use the following characters as separators in a file path list: "/", ":", or carriage return.
To open a shared database using a URL:
Launch a web browser on the intended client machine.
Enter the URL of the host machine into the browser’s address area using the format: [<][URL:]FMP://[[account:password@]netaddress]/databasename[>]
Optional parameters are indicated by square brackets ("").
To run a script in a shared database using a URL:
Follow the steps above.
Append ?script=scriptname to the URL. For example,
Specify script parameters and local variables using the format:
Filenames are case-sensitive. Script names are not case-sensitive.
The filename extension .fmp12 is not required.
You can define multiple variables in the same FMP protocol.
If spaces are needed in a link, replace every space with %20.
Tip Try using a plus sign (“+”) if %20 doesn’t work.
Open a file named Clients.fmp12 on the host machine with an IP address of 192.168.10.0 with a script named ListClients:
Open a file named Clients.fmp12 on the host machine with an IP address of 192.168.10.0 with a script named ListClients. Specify a parameter of TopClients and a local variable $NumberToList with a value of 10: