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Version: 8.1

system.file.openFiles

This function is used in Python Scripting.

Description

Shows an "Open File" dialog box, prompting the user to choose a file or files to open. Returns the paths to the files that the user chooses, or None if the user canceled the dialog box. An extension can optionally be passed in that sets the filetype filter to that extension.

Client Permission Restrictions

This scripting function has no Client Permission restrictions.

Syntax

system.file.openFiles([extension], [defaultLocation])

Parameters

TypeParameterDescription
StringextensionA file extension, such as "pdf", to try to open. [optional]
StringdefaultLocationA folder location, such as "C:\MyFiles", to use as the default folder to store in. [optional]

Returns

List - The paths to the selected files, or None if canceled.

Scope

Vision Client

Code Examples

Example #1
# This code would prompt the user to open files of type 'gif'. If None is returned, it means the user canceled the open dialog box.

paths = system.file.openFiles('gif')
if paths != None:
# do something with the file
Example #2
# This code would prompt the user to open files of type 'pdf' from their stored documents folder. If None is returned, it means the user canceled the open dialog box.
# Note: the computer running this code needs to have network access to the "fileserver" computer.
path = system.file.openFiles('pdf', '\\fileserver\PDF_Storage')
if path != None:
# do something with the file
Example #3
# This code prompts the user to open files of any type and loop through all returned file paths.

paths = system.file.openFiles()
if len(paths) != 0:
for path in paths:
# Do something with the file.
print path

Keywords

system file openFiles, file.openFiles