Prompts the user for a file name with the standard AutoCAD file dialog box, and returns that file name

(getfiled title default ext flags) 

The getfiled function displays a dialog box containing a list of available files of a specified extension type. You can use this dialog box to browse through different drives and directories, select an existing file, or specify the name of a new file.



A string specifying the dialog box label.


A default file name to use; can be a null string ("").


The default file name extension. If ext is passed as a null string (""), it defaults to * (all file types).

If the file type dwg is included in the ext argument, the getfiled function displays an image preview in the dialog box.


An integer value (a bit-coded field) that controls the behavior of the dialog box. To set more than one condition at a time, add the values together to create a flags value between 0 and 15. The following flags arguments are recognized by getfiled:

1 (bit 0) Prompt for the name of a new file to create. Do not set this bit when you prompt for the name of an existing file to open. In the latter case, if the user enters the name of a file that doesn't exist, the dialog box displays an error message at the bottom of the box.

If this bit is set and the user chooses a file that already exists, AutoCAD displays an alert box and offers the choice of proceeding with or canceling the operation.

4 (bit 2) Let the user enter an arbitrary file name extension, or no extension at all.

If this bit is not set, getfiled accepts only the extension specified in the ext argument and appends this extension to the file name if the user doesn't enter it in the File text box.

8 (bit 3) If this bit is set and bit 0 is not set, getfiled performs a library search for the file name entered. If it finds the file and its directory in the library search path, it strips the path and returns only the file name. (It does not strip the path name if it finds that a file of the same name is in a different directory.)

If this bit is not set, getfiled returns the entire file name, including the path name.

Set this bit if you use the dialog box to open an existing file whose name you want to save in the drawing (or other database).

16 (bit 4) If this bit is set, or if the default argument ends with a path delimiter, the argument is interpreted as a path name only. The getfiled function assumes that there is no default file name. It displays the path in the Look in: line and leaves the File name box blank.

32 (bit 5) If this bit is set and bit 0 is set (indicating that a new file is being specified), users will not be warned if they are about to overwrite an existing file. The alert box to warn users that a file of the same name already exists will not be displayed; the old file will just be replaced.

64 (bit 6) Do not transfer the remote file if the user specifies a URL.

128 (bit 7) Do not allow URLs at all.

Return Values

If the dialog box obtains a file name from the user, getfiled returns a string that specifies the file name; otherwise, it returns nil.


The following call to getfiled displays the Select a Lisp File dialog box:

(getfiled "Select a Lisp File" "c:/program files/ <AutoCAD installation directory>/support/" "lsp" 8)

AutoCAD displays the following dialog box as a result: