Technical Specifications

FileMaker Server 15

What's included

FileMaker Server 15 is available only as an electronic download. It includes product software and a link to an electronic license certificate that contains a license key needed for installation. Product documentation is available online in PDF format.

Languages supported: Worldwide English, French, Italian, German, Swedish, and Japanese.


FileMaker Server 15 supports the following clients:

  • FileMaker Pro 15, 14, and 13.0.9
  • FileMaker Pro 15, 14, and 13.0.9 Advanced
  • FileMaker Go 15, 14, and 13.0.9
  • Apps created using iOS App SDK
  • FileMaker WebDirect

The latest security updates must be applied to the above clients before the clients connect to FileMaker Server 15. Some features may not be fully backwards compatible. Learn More

Custom apps from FileMaker Pro 11 and earlier must be converted to the latest file format before being hosted by FileMaker Server 15. Learn more about converting your pre-12 FileMaker Pro solutions.

System requirements

Note: Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition, OS X Mavericks, and OS X El Capitan are no longer supported. Please update your operating system before upgrading to FileMaker Server 15.

Operating System*
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition with Update (see Microsoft KB 2919355)
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Standard Edition
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Enterprise Edition
macOS Sierra 10.12
OS X Yosemite 10.10

*Version stated is the minimum requirement. Operating systems not listed in the table above may also work but have not been tested and are not supported. An Internet connection is required to install FileMaker Server on Windows.

Hardware requirements

A dedicated computer is recommended for FileMaker Server.

Minimum Requirements Recommended Requirements
CPU: Dual Core
Hard Drive: 80 GB or more, depending on file size
CPU: 4-Core
Hard Drive: 80 GB or more, depending on file size
Operating system drive requirements

FileMaker Server uses the operating system drive to provide temporary storage for progressive downloading, uploading and downloading apps, log files, and cache storage used by components such as the Web Server.

To maintain an optimal operating environment, FileMaker Server requires 80 GB or more of storage on the operating system drive even if apps are hosted on or backed up to another drive. The server administrator must monitor the operating system drive to make sure that enough storage is available.

Standby server

To use a standby server, there must be two server machines with identical configurations. Both machines must meet or exceed the recommended hardware requirements specified above — not the minimum hardware requirements. The standby server must be deployed on the same LAN as the primary server.

FileMaker WebDirect
Supported languages

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:

Desktop browsers Mobile browsers
Safari 9.x Mobile Safari 9.x on iOS 9.x
Chrome 48 minimum Chrome 48 minimum on Android 5.x and 6.x
Internet Explorer 11.x
Microsoft Edge 25
Mobile hardware requirements*
Supported devices
iOS Models:
iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Pro
iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus
Android Memory: 2 GB RAM minimum
CPU: 1.4GHz 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.

Mobile network requirements

Network connection with consistent signal strength and connectivity is required.

Supported mobile networks
Wi-Fi LTE 4G
Recommended hardware configurations

Network connection with consistent signal strength and connectivity is required.

*Recommended web publishing server configuration

More information

For more information on FileMaker WebDirect see the FileMaker WebDirect Guide.


The table below lists the tested and theoretical maximum simultaneous connection limits for FileMaker Server 15. Tested maximums reflect the test configuration and do not represent a guarantee of performance.

FileMaker Server 15
Client Tested Maximum allowed
FileMaker Pro 250 Unrestricted*
FileMaker Pro (for User Connections) 100 100
FileMaker Go 100 100
FileMaker WebDirect 100 100
Custom Web Publishing (CWP)** 200 2000
ODBC/JDBC 50 Unrestricted*

*Connections are limited only by hardware, app design, and operating system.

**Multiple users can share a single CWP connection. CWP connections are based on simultaneous request events, rather than persistent connections.

User Connections

User Connections allow clients — including FileMaker Pro (for User Connections), FileMaker Go, and FileMaker WebDirect — to connect to FileMaker Server. Each user may connect to FileMaker Server with only one client at a time. Connections can be purchased through FileMaker Server Admin Console or on the FileMaker Licensing for Teams section of the FileMaker Store. Learn more about User Connections.

Networking - client requirements
FileMaker Pro Each FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pro Advanced client requires a licensed copy of the software.
ESS See a list of supported drivers.
Additional requirements
Technology Requirement
Java FileMaker Server 15.0.3 is currently certified to work with JRE 1.8.0_111. See a list of previously tested and certified versions of Java for FileMaker Server.
PHP FileMaker Server 15 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 5.6.24
OS X 10.12 users need PHP 5.6.24
OS X 10.11 users need PHP 5.5.31
OS X 10.10 users need PHP 5.5.14
Supported ESS Data Sources MS SQL Server 2008 R2
MS SQL Server 2012
MS SQL Server 2012 SP1
MySQL 5.6 Community Edition (free)
Oracle 12c R1
Oracle 11g R2
IBM i 7.1 (AS/400) (via Actual Technologies Adapter)
IBM DB2 10.5 (via Actual Technologies Adapter)
PostgreSQL 9.4.4 (via Actual Technologies Adapter)
Admin Console FileMaker Server Admin Console is accessed through a web browser from a machine that has network access to FileMaker Server 15. Supported web browsers include:
  • Safari 9.x
  • Internet Explorer 11.x
  • Microsoft Edge 25
  • Chrome 48 minimum
These versions are the minimum requirements. FileMaker Server Admin Console may also work with later browser versions certified by FileMaker, Inc.
Security Supports AES-256 encryption of data at rest when files can be encrypted using FileMaker Pro 15 and 14 Advanced. Sharing, reading from, and writing to AES-256 encrypted files are supported by all products in the FileMaker 15 Platform.

Supports SSL with AES-256 encryption of data in transit when files are hosted with FileMaker Server 15. Supports third-party certificate authority SSL certificate vendors.

See a list of supported SSL certificates.
Deprecated and removed technologies

FileMaker, Inc. continually invests in the latest technology in order to keep improving the FileMaker Platform. As a result, some features and operating systems are deprecated and will be removed in future versions of FileMaker software.

See a list of deprecated technologies.