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Translating Insert from URL options for CURL to MBS Plugin calls

You may have a few options for an Insert from URL script step and you may want to convert them to a script using MBS FileMaker Plugin.

" --user myusername:mypassword --upload-file $file --header \"Content-type: image/png\""

Which translates to a script like this:

Set Variable [$curl; Value:MBS("CURL.New")]
# set options
Set Variable [$r; Value: MBS( "CURL.SetOptionURL"; $curl; $URL)]
Set Variable [$r; Value: MBS( "CURL.SetOptionUpload"; $curl; 1)]
Set Variable [$r; Value: MBS( "CURL.SetOptionUserName"; $curl; "myusername" )]
Set Variable [$r; Value: MBS( "CURL.SetOptionPassword"; $curl; "mypassword" )]
Set Variable [$r; Value: MBS( "CURL.SetOptionHTTPHeader"; $curl; "Content-type: image/png" )]
Set Variable [$r; Value: MBS( "CURL.SetInputFile"; $curl; $file )]
# run transfer
Set Field [CURL Test::Result; MBS("CURL.Perform"; $curl) ]
Set Field [CURL Test::DebugMessages; MBS("CURL.GetDebugAsText"; $curl) ]
Set Variable [$result; Value: MBS("CURL.Release"; $curl) ]

As you see we set a few options like the URL (with filename for uploaded file), the user name and password for the login and a HTTP header for the content type. If you'd use ftp:// URL for a ftp upload, you won't need the HTTP headers and the option would be ignored if you set it. But if you do a HTTP upload, it's oft course good to pass the mime type to the receiving script on the web server.

Let's take a look on all the options:


Use any HTTP authentication method available. This should be default and you can configure it with CURL.SetOptionHTTPAuth function.


Use basic authentication. Call CURL.SetOptionHTTPAuth with 1 as flag value.

--cert or -E

You can specify an SSL certificate with CURL.SetOptionSSLCert function. This function takes a native file path, while the newer CURL.SetOptionSSLCertBlob function takes a container value or text representation with the certificate. Using CURL.SetOptionSSLCertType you specify the type of key file. Default is PEM format, but it could also be DER or P12 for a PKCS#12 encoded file. See also CURL.SetOptionKeyPassword to pass a password for encrypted keys.


Pass the certificate type via CURL.SetOptionSSLCertType function.


Use CURL.SetOptionSSLCipherList function to pass a cipher list.


Call CURL.SetOptionConnectionTimeout function with the timeout value to use in seconds.

--continue-at or -C

For resuming an upload or download, please use CURL.SetOptionResumeFrom to pass the new offset. This may allow you for example to resume a FTP upload.

--cookie or -b

Use CURL.SetOptionCookie to specify a cookie for a HTTP transfer.

--cookie-jar or -c

Use CURL.SetOptionCookieJar to specify the file path to the cookie file.
Pass empty path to use in memory file (not persistent).


Use CURL.SetOptionCRLF function to specify the 1 to convert line endings to Windows format.

--data or -d

Pass data to upload via CURL.SetInputText or similar functions.
If you do HTTP POST operation, please use CURL.SetOptionPostFields instead.

--data-ascii and --data-binary and --data-raw

Use CURL.SetOptionTransferText function to specify whether FTP transfer is ASCII or binary.


You can URL encode data via functions in FileMaker or our plugin if needed and pass to the functions for input.


Use CURL.SetOptionHTTPAuth function to specify 2 for the digest authentication option.


Use CURL.SetOptionFTPUseEPRT function to enable or disable the use of EPRT in the FTP transfer.
For FTP transfers we usually offer this as option in case you have a very old server.


Use CURL.SetOptionFTPUseEPSV function to enable or disable the use of EPRT in the FTP transfer.
For FTP transfers we usually offer this as option in case you have a very old server.

--dump-header or -D

Please use CURL.GetHeaderAsText function to query header text after transfer.
If you prefer, try the CURL.GetHeaderAsJSON function to get headers as JSON block.


Use CURL.SetOptionExpect100TimeoutMS function to specify the timeout in milliseconds.
While FileMaker uses seconds, we have milliseconds.

--fail or -f

Check result from CURL.Perform whether it returns OK.
For HTTP or FTP, you may go with CURL.GetResponseCode to check error code and see whether transfer is successful.
e.g. for HTTP transfer may succeed on the lower level, but report an error on the application level, e.g. 404 for file not found.


Use CURL.GetResultAsContainer function after transfer to get result as container.
We look in headers to determine type. Otherwise use CURL.GetResultAsJPEG, CURL.GetResultAsPDF, CURL.GetResultAsPNG, CURL.GetResultAsText or other functions to get result.


When setting input text or post fields, you can tell the plugin what encoding to use.

--form or -F or --form-string

Use MBS FileMaker Plugin functions like CURL.FormAddKeyValue to add form entries for a form data upload. Use CURL.FormAddKeyContainer to pass container, CURL.FormAddKeyText for a bigger text block or CURL.FormAddKeyFile for a file on disk.


Pass your user text to CURL.SetOptionFTPAlternativeToUser function for FTP transfer if needed.


Tell FTP functions to create missing directories with CURL.SetOptionFTPCreateMissingDirs function. Otherwise you can use pre-quote to create folders if needed.


Use CURL.SetOptionFTPFileMethod function to specify


Use CURL.SetOptionFTPUseEPSV function to disable EPSV and use PASV instead.

--ftp-port or -P

Use CURL.SetOptionFTPPort to specify the range of ports to be used for PORT command in FTP transfer.


For FTP transfers, you can use CURL.SetOptionFTPUsePret function


Use CURL.SetOptionFTPSkipPasvIP function to skip IP for PASV command in a FTP transfer.

--ftp-ssl-ccc and --ftp-ssl-ccc-mode

Use CURL.SetOptionFTPSSLCCC function to set Clear Command Channel flag. Pass the flag 1 for passive, 2 for active or 0 for non CCC.


Pass 3 to CURL.SetOptionUseSSL in order to enable SSL for the transfer in both data and control part.

--head or -I

Pass 1 to CURL.SetOptionHeader function to only query header and no actual data.

--header or -H

Pass parameters to CURL.SetOptionHTTPHeader function or list of header entries.


Pass 1 to CURL.SetOptionIgnoreContentLength to ignore content length and just accept all data receiving until the server drops connection.


Pass interface name to CURL.SetOptionInterface function to pick which Wifi or Ethernet.

--ipv4 or -4 and --ipv6 or -6

Use CURL.SetOptionIPResolve function to pick whether you like to use IPv4 or IPv6.

--junk-session-cookies or -j

You can use CURL.SetOptionCookieJar with "" as path to get a non-persistent in-memory cookie storage. Later you can use CURL.SetOptionCookieSession to start a new cookie session.


Pass keep alive time value to CURL.SetOptionTCPKeepAlive function.


The default key type is PEM, but you can pass DER, P12 or PEM to CURL.SetOptionSSLKeyType function to select the key type to use.


Pass a SSL key file path to CURL.SetOptionSSLKey function. If your key is stored in a container or as text in a field, you can pass it to CURL.SetOptionSSLKeyBlob function.
Valid key formats include DER, PEM and P12. If a password is needed to decrypt the key, you can pass it to CURL.SetOptionKeyPassword function.


Use CURL.SetOptionMaxRecvSpeed and CURL.SetOptionMaxSendSpeed function to specify the speed limit in bytes per second.

--list-only or -l

Pass 1 for CURL.SetOptionDirListOnly function to only get a file listing for ftp/sftp connections.


Pass the local port number to use with CURL.SetOptionFTPPort function when specifying the IP address to use.

--location or -L

Pass 1 to CURL.SetOptionFollowLocation function to let the HTTP connection follow a redirect.


Not used in MBS FileMaker Plugin.


Pass authentication address to CURL.SetOptionMailAuth function.
This is set automatically by SendMail.PrepareCURL function when you prepare sending an email with our plugin.


Pass address of from email address to CURL.SetOptionMailFrom function.
This is set automatically by SendMail.PrepareCURL function when you prepare sending an email with our plugin.


Pass the recipient address list to CURL.SetOptionMailRecipients function.
This is set automatically by SendMail.PrepareCURL function when you prepare sending an email with our plugin.


Use CURL.SetOptionMaxFileSize option to specify maximum file size in bytes.

--max-time or -m

Specify the maximum time for the transfer with CURL.SetOptionTimeOut function.


Use CURL.SetOptionAcceptEncoding to allow accepting compressed response.
And use CURL.SetOptionTransferEncoding function to have CURL decompress the answer if needed.


Use CURL.SetOptionTCPKeepAlive function to enable/disable keep alive status.
Keep alive messages are send (if requested) to avoid a timeout in the transfer while the server prepares the answer.


Use CURL.SetOptionNoProxy function to pass the list of hosts where no proxy is needed.

--output or -o

Pass a filename parameter to CURL.GetResultAsContainer function to overwrite the file name.


You can specify a password for a private key with CURL.SetOptionKeyPassword function.


Pass 1 to CURL.SetOptionPathAsIs function to specify that path is not corrected for URLs.

--post301, --post302 or --post303

Use CURL.SetOptionPostRedir function to specify the behavior for redirects for POST operation.

--proxy or -x

Pass proxy specification to CURL.SetOptionProxy function.

--proxy-anyauth or --proxy-basic or --proxy-digest

Pass the flags you want to the CURL.SetOptionProxyAuth function.


You can use CURL.SetOptionProxyHeader function to configure the headers to pass to proxy server.

--proxy-user or -U

Pass user name to CURL.SetOptionProxyUsername function. The password is passed via CURL.SetOptionProxyPassword function.


Use CURL.SetOptionProxyType to specify the proxy type.

--proxytunnel or -p

Use CURL.SetOptionHTTPProxyTunnel to specify the proxy options for tunneling.

--quote or -Q

Pass additional commands to run before transfer with CURL.SetOptionPreQuote function. If you like to do custom commands with CURL.SetOptionQuote or CURL.SetOptionPostQuote for later commands.

--range or -r

You can pass the range as parameter to CURL.SetOptionRange function.
This allows to download only a given range of a file in a HTTP download.


Pass 0 to CURL.SetOptionAcceptEncoding and CURL.SetOptionTransferEncoding to disable handling of compressed transfers.

--referer or -e

Pass your referrer URL to the CURL.SetOptionReferer function.
In a redirect, a referrer may be used automatically.

--request or -X

Pass your custom request to CURL.SetOptionCustomRequest function.


Pass the resolver to use with CURL.SetOptionResolve function.

--show-error or -S

The plugin returns you error with CURL.Perform function or CURL.ErrorCode for asynchronous requests.

--socks4 or --socks4a or --socks5 or --socks5-hostname

Use CURL.SetOptionProxyType to specify version of socks server.
And pass the proxy server specification to CURL.SetOptionProxy function.

--speed-limit or -Y

Use CURL.SetOptionLowSpeedLimit to specify a limit in bytes for detecting low speed transfers and cancel.

--speed-time or -y

Pass time for CURL.SetOptionLowSpeedTime function for detecting low speed transfers and cancel.

--ssl or --ftp-ssl or --ssl-reqd

Enable SSL with CURL.SetOptionUseSSL function or with a protocol containing an S like HTTPS, FTPS, SFTP, IMAPS or POP3S.

--time-cond or -z

Pass the time condition to CURL.SetOptionTimeCondition function.

Only supports specifying a cURL-style date expression.


Pass text encoding for debug messages to CURL.GetDebugAsText function.


Our plugin always writes a trace log, which can be queried with CURL.GetDebugAsText function.


Not needed with MBS FileMaker Plugin.


Pass 1 to CURL.SetDebugWithTime in order to enable debug messages to contain timestamps.

--upload-file or -T

Specify file to upload with one of the input functions: CURL.SetInputFile for container, CURL.SetInputGIF, CURL.SetInputJPEG, CURL.SetInputPDF, CURL.SetInputPNG or CURL.SetInputText for text. Use CURL.OpenInputFile to stream a file on disk.

--use-ascii or -B

Use CURL.SetOptionTransferText function to specify whether transfer is handled as text (Ascii) or binary.

--user or -u

You can pass username to CURL.SetOptionUserName function and password to CURL.SetOptionPassword function.

--user-agent or -A

Custom user agents can be specified with CURL.SetOptionUserAgent function.

--version or -V

Queries CURL library version with CURL.Version function. You can also query IDN library version with CURL.LibIDNVersion function, SSH library version with CURL.LibSSHVersion or SSL library version with CURL.LibSSLVersion function.

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14 12 20 - 08:38