Tk::FBox - a file dialog


Tk::FBox - a file dialog


    use Tk::FBox;
    $file = $mw->FBox(...)->Show;


Tk::FBox is the dialog implementation behind the getOpenFile and getSaveFile method calls in the Unix/X11 world. As such, it supports all options for these methods and additionally:

-sortcmd => sub { $_[0] cmp $_[1] }
Specified a callback for changing the sorting of the icons in the IconList widget. By default, perl's cmp operator will be used.

From the source code:

  # Using -sortcmd is really strange :-(
  # $top->getOpenFile(-sortcmd => sub { package Tk::FBox; uc $b cmp uc $a});
  # or, un-perlish, but useable (now activated in code):
  # $top->getOpenFile(-sortcmd => sub { uc $_[1] cmp uc $_[0]});

This is an experimental option and subject to change.

-type => $type
Type should be ``open'' (default) or ``save''.

-filter => $val
A filter to restrict the directories and files in the icon list. If specified as a glob pattern, then only files will be filtered by the pattern. If specified as a subroutine, then this subroutine will be called for every file and directory and should return a true value, if the argument should be accepted for the icon list. The arguments of this subroutine are: FBox widget reference, basename of file, and directory name.

The subroutine form of this option is experimental.

-force => $bool
If true, then there will be no dialog if a file already exists.


The original tkfbox.tcl from Tcl/Tk is:

Copyright (c) 1994-1996 Sun Microsystems, Inc.

See the file ``license.terms'' for information on usage and redistribution of this file, and for a DISCLAIMER OF ALL WARRANTIES.

Translated to Perl/Tk by Slaven Rezic <>.


Tk::getOpenFile, Tk::IconList.

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