FileMaker Pro Advanced – Key Features.

Custom app creation

Plug-and-play power. Drag and drop prebuilt add-ons for instant app development. Add charts, calendars, kanban boards, activity timelines, and more.

Drag-and-drop design. Use an intuitive GUI, flexible design tools, and built-in templates to quickly create custom apps.

Data import. Bring existing data into a FileMaker app including CSV, Tab, XML, and Microsoft Excel files.

Reporting. Easily make summary reports and executive dashboards using built-in reporting tools. Save information in Excel and PDF formats.

Code snippets. Use predefined script steps, script triggers, and calculation functions to quickly put together custom code that automates user tasks. Includes server-side scripts to automate your system.

Advanced development tools. Use the script debugger, data viewer, and database design report to help develop and deploy custom apps more efficiently.

Web & mobile

Mobile AI.  Use smart tech such as Core ML for things like image and sentiment recognition, Siri Shortcuts for voice-enabled interactions, and NFC reading — all on mobile.

iOS. Rapidly build and deploy custom apps for iPad and iPhone in just hours or days.

Native iOS functionality. Includes built-in support for GPS, barcode scanning, signature capture, iBeacon devices, iOS sensors, and more.

iOS App SDK. Use with Xcode to convert FileMaker apps into native iOS apps. Deploy apps using mobile device management (MDM).

FileMaker WebDirect. Deploy custom apps natively on web browsers. Supported browsers include Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Chrome, and Safari.

Microsoft Edge support. On Windows, experience enhanced support for JavaScript in web viewers and PDFs in interactive containers.


Use AES 256-bit encryption for stored data of all types including videos, audio files, PDFs, and more.

SSL encryption. Encrypt data in transit between FileMaker Server and FileMaker clients. Supports SSL certificates including Subject Alternative Name (SAN) and wildcard certificates.

Authentication. In addition to built-in user authentication, you can authenticate via Active Directory, Open Directory, or OAuth 2.0 identity providers.

Privilege sets. Define permissions, down to the field-level, that determine levels of access to custom apps.

Security messages. Provides rich log files to quickly identify security-related messages.


JavaScript integration. Add fully-integrated JavaScript in a web viewer. Leverage popular libraries to easily add maps, animated graphics, data visualisation, and more to your custom apps.

REST API. Use the FileMaker Data API to connect to other apps and web services. Comes with built-in connector to Tableau Desktop.

OData support. Allows OData-capable client applications to query and update FileMaker data. OData is a REST-based protocol. Available for Linux users.

cURL support. Create detailed HTTP/HTTPS network calls to request JSON data from other applications via REST APIs.

JSON functions. Use built-in functions to simplify parsing and generating JSON data requested from other data sources.

ODBC/JDBC support. Use FileMaker software as an ODBC client application and as a data source for ODBC/JDBC.

External SQL Sources. Get live, 2-way connections to SQL data sources — without having to write any SQL. Supports MySQL, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, and IBM Db2.

Automation. Supports Claris Connect, a cloud-based workflow automation service.


Run FileMaker Server on Windows, Mac, and now Ubuntu Linux to host your custom apps on premise. Linux is ideal for VM and bare metal deployments.


Client capacities. Tested to support up to 500 simultaneous FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go, or FileMaker WebDirect clients (limits may also be imposed by hardware, operating system, app design, and user license).

Maintenance & administration

Intuitive Admin Console. Easily track client connections and activity, create on-demand backups, manage system configuration and more. Monitor app access and disconnect idle users.

REST API.  Use the FileMaker Admin API to help manage and administer your custom apps by utilising third-party tools and web services.


Monitoring. View server and client statistics, monitor server performance, and troubleshoot performance problems.

Notifications. Get instant notifications to help tune your system.

Apple silicon support. Experience higher performance on Mac computers with native support for Apple silicon.

Regulatory compliance

Claris FileMaker includes security and provisioning tools to build and integrate apps that can meet different compliance requirements such as HIPAA, PCI, GDPR, and more. Since custom apps require development, it is up to the individual developer to ensure compliance is met.


FileMaker Server: Securely host apps on premise or subscribe to our AWS Cloud & Managed Services.

FileMaker Pro: Create custom apps and access them on Windows and Mac computers.

FileMaker Go: Access apps on iPad and iPhone.

FileMaker WebDirect: Access apps on a web browser.

FileMaker Data API: Integrate with popular web apps and services.