Updated: Nov 18, 2020
Is a dedicated database server that hosts databases created using FileMaker Pro Advanced so that data can be shared and modified by FileMaker Pro Advanced, FileMaker Go®, and FileMaker WebDirect™ clients, and by other client applications supported by the FileMaker Server Web Publishing Engine and the FileMaker Data API Engine.
Minimum Requirements FileMaker System
FileMaker Server 18 supports the following clients:
FileMaker Pro 16
FileMaker Pro 18, 17, and 16 Advanced
FileMaker Go 18, 17, and 16
Apps created using iOS App SDK 18, 17, and 16
The latest updates must be applied to the above clients before the clients connect to FileMaker Server 18. Some features may not be fully backwards compatible.
Certified Operating Systems
Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition and Standard Edition (with Desktop Experience)
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition with Update (see Microsoft KB 2919355)
macOS Catalina 10.15
macOS Mojave 10.14
macOS High Sierra 10.13
A dedicated computer is recommended for FileMaker Server.
CPU: Dual Core RAM: 8 GB Hard Drive: 100 GB or more, dependent on file size, requires a minimum of 50 GB of free space. Solid State Drive (SSD) recommended.
macOS Sierra 10.12 is no longer supported. Please update your operating system before upgrading to FileMaker Server 18.
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.
Worldwide English, French, Italian, German, Swedish, Japanese, Dutch, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Korean, and Brazilian Portuguese
Supported web browsers
FileMaker WebDirect is accessible from a web browser. Supported web browsers include:
Safari 12.x minimum Mobile Safari on iOS 12.x minimum
Chrome 73 minimum Chrome 73 minimum on Android 7.x minimum
Internet Explorer 11.x Microsoft Edge 44
Mobile hardware requirements
Platform Supported devices
iPad Pro (12.9", 11", and 10.5") iPad 9.7" iPad Air iPad mini 5 iPad mini 4
iPhone XS iPhone XS Max iPhone XR iPhone X iPhone 8 iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus
Android Memory: 3 GB RAM minimum - CPU: 2.1GHz 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.
The table below lists the tested and theoretical maximum simultaneous connection limits for FileMaker Server 18. Tested maximums reflect the test configuration and do not represent a guarantee of performance.
FileMaker Server can host up to 125 FileMaker Pro Advanced files.
Client Tested *Maximum allowed*
FileMaker Pro Advanced 500 2000
FileMaker Go 500 500
FileMaker WebDirect 500 500
Custom Web Publishing (CWP)** 500 2000
FileMaker Data API 500 500
ODBC/JDBC 50 Unrestricted
*Connections may be limited by hardware, app design, active users, operating system, or license agreement.
**CWP is based on simultaneous request events, rather than persistent connections.
Java FileMaker Server no longer installs a Java Runtime Environment (JRE), needed for using Custom Web Publishing and FileMaker WebDirect. To use web-related services, you must install either OpenJDK or Oracle JRE. Learn more
PHP FileMaker Server 18 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 7.1.19 macOS Mojave 10.14 users need PHP 7.1.19 macOS High Sierra 10.13 users to need PHP 7.1.16
Admin Console FileMaker Server Admin Console is accessed through a web browser from a machine that has network access to FileMaker Server 18. Supported web browsers include:
Internet Explorer 11.x
Chrome 73 minimum
Microsoft Edge 44
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 Microsoft SQL Server 2017- Microsoft SQL Server 2016 - Microsoft SQL Server 2014 - MySQL Community Server 5.7.21 - Oracle Database 11g R2 - Oracle Database 12c Release 1 - Oracle Database 12c Release 2 - IBM Db2 i 7.3 (via Actual ESS Adapter) - IBM Db2 Version 11.1 (via Actual ESS Adapter) - PostgreSQL 9.6.12 (via Actual ESS 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 18 Platform.
Supports third-party certificate authority SSL certificate vendors. See a list of supported SSL certificates.