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Network Sharing

Share your important business information over a network or on the web.

Imagine everyone being able to access the same information at the same time.  It's safe and easy with FileMaker Pro.

If your computers are connected to a network, you and other iPad, iPhone, Windows and Mac users can access the same solution file simultaneously. And with the powerful security model in FileMaker Pro, you can determine what users can do and see.

Download the chart to determine what type of software and hardware you need

Then, follow these 3 easy steps to share your solution.


  FileMaker Pro in peer-to-peer mode FileMaker Server*

Step 1.  Protect your solution

Solutions can contain information from the most simplistic to the highly confidential. Before you share your data, you should determine what level of security is needed for the solution. To learn more, read Protecting databases with accounts and privilege sets.  Make sure the host computer is physically secure and has scheduled regular back-ups. Do not backup your solutions while they are open.

Solutions can contain information from the most simplistic to the highly confidential. Before you share your data, you should determine what level of security is needed for the solution. Read Protecting databases with accounts and privilege sets to learn more. Make sure the host computer is physically secure and has scheduled regular back-ups defined in the FileMaker Server Admin Console.

Step 2.
Set up your solution for sharing

To host a solution so other users can access it:

  1. The application should be setup for Network Sharing.  Choose FileMaker Pro> Sharing >Sharing with FileMaker Clients.  Change Network Sharing to “On.”
  2. The database must be enabled for network sharing.
  3. The first person to open it, the host, must open it with an account that has manage extended privileges access privileges. The solution must be open on the host computer and that computer must be accessible to the users that need to access the file.
  4. To learn more, read Opening files as a host.

To host a solution so other users can access it:

  1. The database must be enabled for network sharing.
  2. Upload the solution to FileMaker Server* using FileMaker Pro. Under the File menu select Sharing > Upload to Server.

Step 3.  Share your solution

Open the solution with FileMaker Pro.  Choose File > Send > Link to solution. This will create an email with a hyperlink to your solution that you can send to all of your users.

Open the solution with FileMaker Pro.  Choose File > Send > Link to solution. This will create an email with a hyperlink to your solution that you can send to all of your users.

*Note: Accessing solutions hosted on FileMaker Server with iPad and iPhone requires additional purchase of concurrent connections.

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