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ErrorToEnglish ( ErrorNum )

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Jeremiah Small, Soliant Consulting

Translate FileMaker error codes to the English language description.

Sample Input:
ErrorToEnglish ( 6 )
Sample Output:
File is read-only

 Then copy & paste into FileMaker Advanced's Edit Custom Function window.


This is an easy way to simplify error handling. Simply pass the trapped error to this function and it returns something a human can (sort of) understand. Great for simplifying account management scripts or other complex scripts where you need to trap for errors often.

Note: these functions are not guaranteed or supported by Please contact the individual developer with any questions or problems.

This is my Custom Function and I want to edit it


On 2009-04-14 I Added FM 10 Error Codes. (Actually, I just re-parsed the entire listing from the FM 10 help text as shown here )


Jeremiah, Los Angeles
April 14, 2009 5:49pm

FileMaker Knowledgebase
FileMaker Server Event Log Messages

Last Updated: Apr 12, 2011 04:03 PM PDT adp.php?p_faqid=7275

Ralph Nusser, Switzerland
April 14, 2011 1:50am

Updated for FileMaker 12. pro-12-error-code-reference-guide

Jeremiah, Los Angeles
August 13, 2012 8:15pm

As of now, pro-12-error-code-reference-guide is missing at least two errors:

ErrorNum = 959; "Custom Web Publishing technology disabled (CWP)";
ErrorNum = 960; "Parameter is invalid (CWP)";

These have just been added to the function.

Jeremiah Small, Los Angeles
August 16, 2012 12:54am

my business was needing USPS PS 1583 earlier today and encountered an online platform with an online forms database . If people want USPS PS 1583 too , here's a

kala cesario, Los Angeles
February 13, 2016 6:00am

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