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Convert File
Converts a supported file type into a FileMaker Pro file.
See also 
Convert File [Verify SSL Certificates; Open File; With dialog: On/Off; Skip Indexes; “<filename or source>”]
Verify SSL Certificates verifies the SSL certificate of the server specified in an HTTP request for XML data. If the certificate cannot be verified, users can choose to connect anyway or cancel to skip this script step. If the certificate cannot be verified and the Set Error Capture script step is set to On, this script step behaves as if the server were unavailable.
Open file after conversion lets you specify whether you want a FileMaker Pro file to open automatically after conversion.
Specify data source lets you choose the file or source of the data to be converted. If you don’t specify a file, FileMaker Pro displays the Open File dialog box when the script step executes. For more information about converting files, refer to the FileMaker Knowledge Base available at
Depending on the file or source you choose, a dialog box may appear for specifying the following additional options.
When you choose this file or source
Do this
In the Specify File dialog box, choose the file you want to import. See Creating file paths.
XML Data
In the Specify XML and XSL Options dialog box, choose the source of the XML data that you want to import, and choose an XSLT style sheet if you want to apply one prior to import. The XML and XSLT source may be a file or the result of an HTTP request, or a field that contains a file path or an HTTP request. For more information, see Importing XML data.
Specify the data source name and location, the user ID and password (if any), and the SQL query to be executed. For more information, see Constructing an SQL query for importing via ODBC.
With dialog specifies whether to display certain dialog boxes when the script step is performed.
When converting FileMaker files, the dialog boxes used to rename the old file and name the converted file are not displayed.
When converting other file types, the dialog boxes that are used to specify the way a file and its data are converted are not displayed.
In these two cases, the default settings for those dialog boxes are used instead.
Skip Indexes lets you specify whether FileMaker Pro should create an index in a converted FileMaker file.
Where the script step runs 
FileMaker Pro 
FileMaker Server 
FileMaker Go 
Custom Web Publishing 
FileMaker WebDirect 
Runtime solution 
Originated in 
FileMaker Pro 6.0 or earlier
See Supported import/export file formats for more information.
Note  You cannot use this command to convert the contents of a folder. Each file in a folder must be converted separately.
Example 1 
Converts the Invoices database to the current FileMaker format.
Show Custom Dialog ["Convert the Invoices database?"]
If [Get ( LastMessageChoice ) = 1]
Convert File [With dialog: On; “Invoices.fp7”]
End If
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