Connecting to Databases
FileMaker Go works as a client with FileMaker Pro files that are open, hosted, and shared on a Wi-Fi or cellular (3G) network. Data is updated interactively on the device and on the host for the duration of a session.
- After you access a file, if you change and commit data on your device, data is automatically updated on the host, and vice versa.
- If you are working in the hosted file in FileMaker Go and the host file closes, you will see an alert on your device asking you to close the file.
You can have more than one database file open at a time on your device. Files you have opened are available from the Recent Files list in the Home screen or the File Browser screen.
Connect to a hosted FileMaker database:
- From the FileMaker Go Home screen, tap . Or, if you're working in a file and want to connect to a hosted file, tap , then tap Files and tap .
- Choose the server you want from Local Network Hosts.
- Choose a file.
Add a host:
- From the FileMaker Go Home screen, tap . Or, if you're working in a file and want to add a host address, tap , then tap Files and tap .
- Type an IP address or domain name. You do not need to type fmnet:/ .
- (optional) Type a host name.
- Tap Save.
- If you have trouble connecting, exit FileMaker Go and tap Settings to see if Wi-Fi is enabled on your device.
- To remove a file (or recent file or favorite host) from your device, go to the Home screen and swipe the file or host you want to delete.
- To open a local file on your device, tap its name in the Files on Device list. The Sample Inventory file that comes with FileMaker Go is available on your device.
- You can transfer a file to your device, however data changes made on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch are not synchronized to the original file, and vice versa. You will need to use FileMaker Pro to import and update data. For more information, see Transferring Files.
- To temporarily bypass the default login information when you open a file, touch and hold a filename in the file list. Release to display a dialog where you can enter a different account and password.
- You can bypass the dialog asking if you want to continue working in a hibernated file. From the Home screen, tap , then tap ON for the Auto-Restore Login setting. If you are working in a record, tap and then tap . You must have privileges to bypass this dialog.
- For information on setting up databases to use with FileMaker Go, see FileMaker Go Development Guide.