IT Professionals

Rapidly deploy custom apps.

FileMaker Platform feature checklist

As an IT professional, are you constantly bombarded by requests for application development projects, while trying to maintain data security and prevent rogue apps from being deployed within your organization?

Choose the FileMaker Platform to rapidly develop and securely deploy custom apps. It’s designed to be mobile, secure, scalable, and easily connect to existing and external technologies.

See how the feature checklist below aligns with your IT department’s requirements.

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

Native iOS functionality

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


Use with Xcode to convert FileMaker apps into native iOS apps.

FileMaker WebDirect

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


Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Leverages Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud

Uses CentOS Linux operating system


Database encryption

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 or FileMaker Cloud and FileMaker clients.

SSL certificates

Supports Subject Alternative Name (SAN) and wildcard certificates.

FileMaker Cloud comes with built-in SSL certificates.


Users can authenticate via Active Directory, Open Directory*, or OAuth 2.0 identity providers.

FileMaker ID is used to authenticate FileMaker Cloud users. Includes support for multi-factor authentication.

*Active Directory and Open Directory are only supported in FileMaker Server.

Security messages

Search log files by keyword to quickly and easily identify security messages.

Admin Console

Monitor app access and disconnect idle users.

Privilege sets

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



Use the FileMaker Data API to connect to other apps and web services. Comes with built-in connector to Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server*. You can also build connectors to enterprise applications such as Salesforce, Oracle, SAP, and more.

*Tableau Server connector available in FileMaker Cloud only.

JSON functions

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

cURL options

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

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 MySQL, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server.

SQL integration

Use SQL Query Builder and Execute SQL statements on tables or ODBC data sources.


Powerful scripting engine

Access a library of built-in script steps to create custom scripts.

Server-side scripting

Run scripts to automate system tasks.


Clients on FileMaker Server: 500

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

Clients on FileMaker Cloud: 100

Tested to support up to 250 FileMaker Pro Advanced clients and 100 FileMaker Go, FileMaker WebDirect, or FileMaker Data API clients (limits may be also by imposed by instance type, app design, active users, or license agreement).

Maintenance & administration

Intuitive Admin Console allows you to:

  • Track client connections and activity.

  • Create on-demand backups.

  • Manage system configuration and more.


Use the FileMaker Admin API in FileMaker Cloud and FileMaker Server to help manage and administer your custom apps.

Startup restoration

FileMaker files are automatically recoverable after a hardware or software crash. A restoration log restores the files to their last consistent state.



View dynamic statistics of client and server performance.


Get instant notifications to help tune your system.


Download guides to help configure your apps for optimal performance.


FileMaker Certification

Validate FileMaker expertise with an official credential.

Regulatory compliance

Since custom apps require development, it is up to the individual developer to ensure compliance is met.

The FileMaker Platform includes security and provisioning tools to build and integrate apps that can meet different compliance requirements such as HIPAA, PCI, GDPR, and more.

Support and training

Knowledge Base

Access a repository of information on product features, security updates, pricing, and other technical information.

FileMaker Pro Advanced in-product Help

Get detailed information on product features and functionality.

FileMaker Server in-product Help

Find information on hosting and administering files, publishing to the web, and more.

FileMaker Cloud in-product Help

Get information on how to buy, set up, and manage security features in FileMaker Cloud.

Product documentation

Download detailed guides and best practices to build, install, and deploy custom apps.


Ask questions and get input from other FileMaker developers.

Developer Conference

Attend an intensive Claris educational conference. Levels include beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

Custom App Academy

Learn how to build FileMaker apps with free, self-paced video tutorials.

Partners and trainers

Use vetted partners to build your custom apps or to provide in-person training.

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FileMaker products

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FileMaker Platform benefits

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