Network Sharing

Share your important business information over a network.

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 buit-in security features in FileMaker Pro, you can determine what users can do and see.

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


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

Step 1.  Protect your solution

Apps 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 app. 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 apps while they are open.

Apps 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 app. 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 an app so other users can access it:

  1. The app should be setup for Network Sharing.  Choose FileMaker Pro> Sharing >Sharing with FileMaker Clients.  Change Network Sharing to “On.”
  2. The app 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 app 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 an app so other users can access it:

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

Step 3.  Share your solution

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

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

*Note: Each client connects to FileMaker Server with User Connections. These connections can be purchased through FileMaker Server Admin Console or the FileMaker Store.

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