Plugin Info:
Current Version:0.50
Current Ver (Mac):
Current Ver (Win):
FileMaker Vers:8+
Last Updated:October 2011
FileMaker 8 Compatible FileMaker 8.5 Compatible FileMaker 9 Compatible FileMaker 10 Compatible FileMaker 11 Compatible 
OS X Compatible 
Version Changelog

bBox is a toolbox of external functions for FileMaker, freely available to all FileMaker developers. Use it to extend the reach of your FileMaker solutions to resources outside of FileMaker by launching and communicating with other programs, utilizing the powerful commands built-in to Mac OS X, and easily creating, processing, and managing files.


  • execute shell scripts, with the output returned as the function’s result
  • execute AppleScripts within a calculation, with parameters and the return value as the function’s result
  • filter text through grep, the powerful pattern matching command
  • return the current time with milliseconds
  • sort lines of text (optionally allowing you to specify a column or character range)
  • find out what types of data are currently in the clipboard
  • get path type (file or directory), file size, creation, modification and last date opened, POSIX permissions

Example Uses:

  • extract emails or phone numbers from text
  • run perl, php, python, or ruby based scripts
  • check if a file is present
  • strip duplicate values from a return-delimited list
  • present a dialog asking user to select a file or choose from a list of values
  • determine if a needed type of data is in the clipboard
  • execute a command requiring admin authentication
  • time execution of scripts down to the millisecond

Cost:  Freeware       Features:  Clipboard, Shell       Developers:  Beezwax


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