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dialog window to get a file(s) name(s), path and filter index


PathFileName = uigetfile()
PathFileName = uigetfile(file_mask)
PathFileName = uigetfile(file_mask, dir)
PathFileName = uigetfile(file_mask, dir, boxTitle)
PathFileName = uigetfile(file_mask, dir, boxTitle, multipleSelection)
[PathFileName, Path] = uigetfile(..)
[PathFileName, Path, FilterIndex] = uigetfile(..)


Input parameters

a string matrix which gives the file masks to use for file selection. file_mask is written with Unix conventions. The default value is "*".

A description of each mask may be provided in column#2, for example ["*.xcos|*.zcos", "Xcos files"; "*.bin","BIN files"].


a character string which gives the initial directory used for file search. By default uigetfile uses the previously selected directory.


a character string which gives the title of the uigetfile window. By default uigetfile's title is 'uigetfile'.


a boolean which allows to load only one file if it is at '%f' (false) or multiple files if it is at '%t" (true). By default uigetfile's multiple file selection is not enable.

Output parameters

matrix of strings which give the user selected file(s) (path + file(s) name(s)) if user answers "OK" or " " if the user answers "Cancel".


is the user selected file(s) path if the user answers "Ok" or " " if the user answers "Cancel".


Selected filter index on the list box if the user answers "OK", or "0" if the user answers "Cancel".


Creates a dialog window for file(s) selection.


On Windows, java component used by uigetfile browse also .zip archive then it is very slow with big .zip files.

To disable, this feature:

if getos() == 'Windows' then unix("REGSVR32 /u %WINDIR%\System32\zipfldr.dll") ;end

To re-enable,

if getos() == 'Windows' then unix("REGSVR32 %WINDIR%\System32\zipfldr.dll") ;end


uigetfile(["*.bin"; "*.sce"; "*.cos*"])
uigetfile(["*.tst|*.dia.ref","Tests files"])
uigetfile(["*.sci"; "*.bin"], "SCI/modules/gui/macros/")
uigetfile(["*.sc*"; "*.bin"], "SCI/modules/gui/macros/")
uigetfile(["*.xcos|*.zcos","Xcos files"; "*.bin","BIN files"], "SCI/modules/gui/macros/")
uigetfile(["*.sce"; "*.bin"], "SCI/modules/gui/macros/", "Choose a file name", %t);
uigetfile(["*.sce"; "*.bin"], "SCI/modules/gui/macros/", "Choose a file name", %f);

See also

  • uiputfile — Open standard dialog box for selecting and saving file.
  • uigetdir — dialog for selecting a directory
  • x_dialog — boîte de dialogue
  • file — file management
  • read — matrices read
  • write — write in a formatted file
  • exec — exécution d'un script (fichier de commandes)
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