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GetPlatformName ( SysPlatform ; SysVersion ; AppVersion )

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Matt Larson,

Returns the complete system platform and version in a more friendly output.

Sample Input:
GetPlatformName ( Get(SystemPlatform) , Get(SystemVersion) , Get(ApplicationVersion) )
Sample Output:
OS X 10.8.2 Mountain Lion
macOS 10.12.1 Sierra
Windows XP 64 Bit
Windows 8.1

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Handles Mac platform back to Mac OS X 10.0, Windows platform back to Windows 2000, iOS and WebDirect. If the Mac happens to be running on PowerPC, the text string " (PowerPC)" will be appended to the result. The FileMaker app version is necessary because that's the only way* to detect if the iOS device is an iPad.

*At least before the advent of the Get(Device) function, which premiered with FM 13.

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This is my Custom Function and I want to edit it


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FileMaker has no way of detecting if it's running in a virtual machine. And why should it? It reports a Windows platform and that is just as true in a virtual environment as it is on a regular PC running Windows.

HazMatt, Blaine, MN, USA
October 15, 2012 9:17pm

Now that apple is at 10.10 10.10 reports Yosemite as puma... anyone know the fix?

Eric, South Bend
June 08, 2014 3:33pm

Early adopter, eh? I haven't touched Yosemite yet so I'm glad for the feedback. See version 1.2 of this custom function for the fix.

HazMatt, Blaine, MN, USA
June 09, 2014 10:07am

hello, thank you for this function, I use it in our solutions. I think it gives a nice feedback to the user and helps us with everything from managing records to troubleshooting.

I was having an issue with Windows 10 running on Parallels 11, so I made a small change.

SysPlatform = -2 and SysVersion > "10"; "Windows 10";

changing "=" to ">" works.


Michael Ashley, San Rafael
September 23, 2015 11:07am

Hi Michael,

Thanks for the feedback. :) I'm curious as to what FileMaker actually returns for Get(SystemVersion) on Windows 10? I didn't have access to Windows 10 myself (yet), so what I used was an educated guess on limited resources.

I see that Microsoft lists "10.0" as the version number here: vs.85).aspx

Dismayed that version numbers are still just… so… hard for Microsoft. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

HazMatt, Blaine, MN, USA
September 23, 2015 6:12pm

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