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Insert PDF

Imports a PDF file or file reference into the current interactive container.

See also 


Store only as reference instructs FileMaker Pro Advanced to store a link to a PDF file in the container field instead of the actual file. This option may reduce the size of your FileMaker Pro Advanced file, but if you move or delete the file being referenced, FileMaker Pro Advanced won't be able to display it.

Specify source file allows you to specify the PDF file you intend to insert in the interactive container. The file path must begin with image, imagemac, or imagewin. See Creating file paths.





FileMaker Pro Advanced 


FileMaker Go 


FileMaker WebDirect 


FileMaker Server 


FileMaker Cloud 


FileMaker Data API 


Custom Web Publishing 


Runtime solution 


Originated in 

FileMaker Pro 12.0


You must specify a field, click in a field, or use the Go to Field script step before performing this script step.

When Insert PDF is performed, unless a file is specified with the Specify source file option, FileMaker Pro Advanced displays a dialog box where the user can select and preview the file to be imported.


FileMaker WebDirect does not support the Store only as reference or Specify source file options.

If there is no active container field on the layout where the script is being performed, Insert PDF returns an error code that can be captured with the Get(LastError) function.

This script step works only with interactive containers. For more information, see Specifying formats for container fields.

Example 1 

Goes to the File field and inserts a PDF using the relative path image:Documents/Product Description.pdf.

Go to Field [Products::File]
Insert PDF ["Product Description.pdf"]

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