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Open FM Console


Problem description

FrameMaker will display conversion errors in a separate window (the FrameMaker console) when opening and converting documents

This output can be prevented using ‘File > Preferences > General | Show File Translation Errors’. However, we recommend not stopping the output because this will also prevent FrameScript or individual scripts from being able to write error messages and results to the FM console.

Only about 300 lines may be displayed on the FM console, which means only the last 300 lines will be visible with more extensive outputs. However, the entire text of the FM console is saved in the ‘consfile.txt’ text file in the FrameMaker program directory. (Since FrameMaker 9, FrameMaker is saving the consfile.txt in a user specific local folder.)

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Function description

The script will open the ‘consfile.txt’ log file with the program that is assigned to the ‘.txt’ file type.


  • FrameMaker 6.0 or higher
  • FrameScript/ElmScript 4.1 or higher


The script works with structured and unstructured documents.

Since FM2017, the messages are no longer displayed in a separate console window, but in the pod ‘Console’. However, the output continues to be sent to the ‘consfile. txt’.

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