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FileMaker Server 16

FileMaker Server 16

FileMaker Server is fast, reliable server software used to securely share data with groups of FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go, and FileMaker WebDirect users. Get 24/7 availability and reliability, remotely manage apps with ease, and save time by automating administrative tasks.

Each client connects to FileMaker Server with User Connections

FileMaker Server 16 is fully adapted to support Central European languages and Middle Eastern version.

Starting 5 purchased licenses of FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Pro Advanced and/or FM Server, you can take advantage of FileMaker Volume licensing (VLA, AVLA)

For more information on volume / multi-user (VLA), annual (AVLA) or site (SLA) licensing, please contact us at


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New in FileMaker Server 16


FileMaker Data API trial

Use FileMaker data in other popular apps and services with the REST-based FileMaker Data API during the trial period which expires on September 27, 2018.
Learn more about the FileMaker Data API (EN).

Tableau Web Data Connector for FileMaker

Better visualize your FileMaker data with Tableau. The connector is a FileMaker Data API that provides integration with Tableau Desktop.

PDF support

Run automated reports and save other information as PDFs, using scripts performed on FileMaker Server.

OAuth 2.0 support for accounts

Simplify credential management by specifying OAuth 2.0 third-party authentication providers.


Product Overview


24/7 reliability and availability of FileMaker Server

24/7 reliability and availability

Get anytime access to your data with 24/7 availability. Protect your data with scheduled live back-ups, which run even while your databases are in use. 

Industry-standard security in FileMaker Server

Industry-standard security

Manage user access through external authentication via Active Directory/Open Directory. Use SSL encryption for secure data transfer. Data is also secure while hosted on FileMaker Server using powerful 256-bit AES encryption. Requires FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced to enable encryption on each database. 

ODBC/JDBC Support in FileMaker Server


Use ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) and JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) to read from and write to FileMaker databases hosted by FileMaker Server with many external programs and development tools. Support up to 50 simultaneous ODBC/JDBC remote connections. 

Quick Installation and Administration of FileMaker Server

Quick Installation and Administration

Most installations of FileMaker Server take less than 20 minutes so it’s easy to instantly start managing your databases remotely and automating administrative tasks. Create Administrator Groups and assign specific administrative tasks while retaining exclusive control of your server. Display a list of databases accessible to your team via the web with the Group Start Page. 

Robust Scalability of FileMaker Server

Robust Scalability

Manage groups of FileMaker Pro users with reliable security and network performance. FileMaker Server does not restrict the number of networked FileMaker Pro clients. Technical limits are imposed by your hardware, database design, and operating system. 

Web technology of FileMaker Server

Web technology

Use the new, breakthrough web technology, FileMaker WebDirect, to run interactive database solutions in a web browser – no programming skills needed. Or use Custom Web Publishing to create custom, data-driven websites using PHP or XML. 
WebDirect is available in Czech, Polish, Russian and Turkish.

System requirements


Operating system*

  • Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition (with Desktop Experience)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition with Update (see Microsoft KB 2919355)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Standard and Enterprise Editions†

* Version stated is the minimum requirement. FileMaker Server may work with later operating systems certified by FileMaker, Inc. Operating systems not listed in the table above may also work but have not been tested and are not supported. An Internet connection is required to install FileMaker Server on Windows.

Hardware requirements

A dedicated computer is recommended for FileMaker Server.

  • Minimum requirements:
    CPU: Dual Core
    RAM: 8 GB 
    Hard Drive: 80 GB or more, depending on file size
  • Recommended requirements: 
    CPU: 4-Core 
    RAM: 8 GB 
    Hard Drive: 80 GB or more, depending on file size

Operating system drive requirements:

FileMaker Server uses the operating system drive to provide temporary storage for progressive downloading, uploading and downloading apps, log files, and cache storage used by components such as the Web Server.

To maintain an optimal operating environment, FileMaker Server requires 80 GB or more of storage on the operating system drive even if apps are hosted on or backed up to another drive. The server administrator must monitor the operating system drive to make sure that enough storage is available.

Standby Server:

To use a standby server, there must be two server machines with identical configurations. Both machines must meet or exceed the recommended hardware requirements specified above — not the minimum hardware requirements. Standby server must be deployed on the same LAN as the primary server. Standby server is supported only for single-machine deployments and not supported for FileMaker WebDirect worker machines.

FileMaker WebDirect (all platforms)

Languages supported: World Wide English, French, Czech, Polish, Russian and Turkish.

FileMaker WebDirect is accessible from a web browser. Supported web browsers include:

Desktop browsers

  • Safari 10.0.x
  • Chrome 55 minimum
  • Internet Explorer 11.x
  • Internet Edge 38

Mobile browsers

  • Mobile Safari 10.0.x on iOS 10.x
  • Chrome 55 minimum on Android 6.x

Mobile hardware requirements*

  • iPad: iPad Pro (12.9" and 9.7"), iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4

  • iPhone : iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus

  • Android Memory: 2 GB RAM minimum
    CPU: 1.4GHz Quad-Core processor minimum
    Screen-size: 5 inches minimum

* FileMaker WebDirect may work on other devices not listed in the table above, but these devices have not been tested and are not supported.

FileMaker WebDirect mobile hardware accessories

  • Smart Keyboard support for iPad Pro
  • Apple Pencil support for iPad Pro

Mobile network requirements: network connection with consistent signal strength and connectivity is required.

  • supported mobile networks: WiFi; LTE; 4G

Recommended Hardware Configurations:

  • 1-100* WebDirect concurrent users
    Single-machine deployment.
  • 101-500* WebDirect concurrent users
    Multiple-machine deployment, each worker serves a maximum of 100 FileMaker WebDirect clients.

*Connections are limited only by hardware, app design, operating system, or license agreement.

More information

For more information on FileMaker WebDirect see the FileMaker WebDirect Guide.


The table below lists the tested and theoretical maximum simultaneous connection limits for FileMaker Server 16. Tested maximums reflect the test configuration and do not represent a guarantee of performance.

ClientTestedMaximum allowed
FileMaker Pro500Unrestricted*
FileMaker Pro (for User Connections)500500
FileMaker Go500500
FileMaker WebDirect500500
Custom Web Publishing (CWP)**5002000
FileMaker Data API5001000

*Connections are limited only by hardware, app design, active users, operating system, or license agreement.

**CWP is based on simultaneous request events, rather than persistent connections.

User connections

User Connections allow clients — including FileMaker Pro (for User Connections), FileMaker Go, and FileMaker WebDirect — to connect to FileMaker Server. Each user may connect to FileMaker Server with only one client at a time. Connections can be purchased through the Server Admin Console or the WinSoft Store . Learn more about User Connections.

Networking - client requirements

Additional Requirements (all platforms)

  • Java 
    FileMaker Server 16 is currently certified to work with JRE 1.8.0_121. The minimum required version of Java is JRE 1.8.0_121. Learn more.
  • PHP
    FileMaker Server 16 installs what you need to use Custom Web Publishing with PHP including the PHP engine, the FileMaker API for PHP, and documentation. Use the latest version of PHP that FileMaker, Inc. has certified.
    • Windows users need PHP 5.6.23
    • macOS Sierra 10.12 users need PHP 5.6.23
    • OS X El Capitan 10.11 users need PHP 5.5.31
  • Admin Console
    FileMaker Server Admin Console is accessed through a web browser from a machine that has network access to FileMaker Server 16. Supported web browsers include:
    • Safari 10.0.x
    • Internet Explorer 11.x
    • Chrome 55 minimum
  • These versions are the minimum requirements. FileMaker Server Admin Console may also work with later browser versions certified by FileMaker, Inc.
  • Supported ESS Data Sources
    • MS SQL Server 2016
    • MS SQL Server 2014
    • MS SQL Server 2012 SP1
    • MySQL 5.7.14 Community Edition (free)
    • Oracle 12c R1
    • Oracle 11g R2
    • IBM i 7.1 (AS/400) (via Actual Technologies Adapter)
    • IBM DB2 10.5 (via Actual Technologies Adapter)
    • PostgreSQL 9.4.4 (via Actual Technologies Adapter)
  • Security
    Supports AES-256 encryption of data at rest when the database files are encrypted by FileMaker's encryption functionality.
    Sharing, reading from, and writing to AES-256 encrypted files is supported by all products in the FileMaker 16 Platform.
    Supports third-party certificate authority SSL certificate vendors. See a list of supported SSL certificates.

Deprecated and removed technologies

FileMaker, Inc. continually invests in the latest technology in order to keep making improvements to the FileMaker Platform. As a result, some features and operating systems are deprecated and will be removed in future versions of FileMaker software.


Note: OS X Yosemite 10.10 is no longer supported. Please update your operating system before upgrading to FileMaker Server 16.

Operating system*

  • macOS Sierra 10.12
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11

* Version stated is the minimum requirement. FileMaker Server may work with later operating systems certified by FileMaker, Inc. Operating systems not listed in the table above may also work but have not been tested and are not supported. An Internet connection is required to install FileMaker Server on Windows.

Hardware requirements

  • Minimum requirements: 
    CPU: Dual Core 
    RAM: 8 GB 
    Hard Drive: 80 GB or more, depending on file size
  • Recommended requirements: 
    CPU: 4-Core 
    RAM: 8 GB 
    Hard Drive: 80 GB or more, depending on file size
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