What's New

Great new features for developers in the FileMaker 18 Platform.

FileMaker Pro Advanced

New user interface for importing data

More easily map imported source data to FileMaker fields using the new Import Field Mapping dialog box. Use type ahead instead of drag and drop for greater efficiency. And specify custom delimiters when importing certain file types.

See video

Open specific app at launch

Provide better app discoverability for your users. Open a specific custom app when launching FileMaker Pro Advanced.

File version comparison

Use a preview release script step to save a copy of a FileMaker file as XML. Use the XML file to more easily compare changes and updates to your custom app.

File-based script steps

Create scripts that read, write, and manage external data files to write log files or export data in a custom format. Replaces the need for many file-based plug-ins.

See video

Script Error Logging

Now you can more easily debug your workflow automation. Use a preview script step to write information about script errors to a log file.

See video

While calculation function

This calculation function repeats logic while the condition is true, then returns the result, replacing the need for some recursive custom functions.

See video

SetRecursion calculation function

Set the maximum number of iterations for recursion and loops within an expression. The default limit is 50,000 iterations to more easily stop a recursion or loop from running indefinitely. The limit can be lowered or raised using this function.

See video

New managed security access

This new privilege allows developers to offload account access management to other team members without needing to provide full access to any other parts of the file.

Manage Security dialog box

The streamlined Manage Security dialog box allows you to be more efficient in managing access to your custom apps.

See video

Plug-in security enhancements

Ensure your plug-ins come from a trustworthy source before they are automatically loaded by your FileMaker app. Within the Plug-in SDK, developers are able to digitally sign plug-ins. Notifications warn users before loading an unsigned plug-in.

Default file access protection

Prevent other FileMaker files from accessing the data and schema in your custom app. The "Require full access privileges to use references to this file" is now enabled by default in newly created files.

FileMaker Server

Startup restoration

FileMaker files are now automatically recoverable after a hardware or software crash. The restoration log in FileMaker Server validates database entries when a file is first opened, before client access, and if the file had not been properly closed.

Download white paper

FileMaker Data API enhancements

Dynamically discover how your FileMaker file is structured. The improved FileMaker Data API supports XML metadata including script names, layout names, and layout schema.

FileMaker Admin API standardization

The newly rewritten FileMaker Admin API in FileMaker Server is now based on the OpenAPI specification. Plus, FileMaker Admin API is a standard feature and no longer a trial in both FileMaker Server and FileMaker Cloud for AWS.

Note: The trial period for FileMaker Admin API in FileMaker Server 17 (the previous version) will expire on September 27, 2019.

Learn more

FileMaker Server Admin Console enhancements

The FileMaker Server Admin Console includes new improvements such as: change default backup time using the CLI; view script schedule success/failure; show clearer database status indication; and show when the Admin Console was last started.

Zabbix is a registered trademark of Zabbix LLC.

Server monitoring enhancements

More easily monitor your server resources and metrics using Zabbix, an open-source software monitoring tool. Even monitor multiple servers at the same time.

Download white paper

Spanish FileMaker Server

FileMaker Server now includes Spanish as a supported language.

FileMaker Go

Append to existing PDF

FileMaker Go can append additional data to a specified PDF file using a script step.

OAuth 2.0 support for accounts in iOS App SDK

Simplify credential management with OAuth 2.0 using third-party authentication providers. Use your existing Amazon, Google, or Microsoft Azure account credentials to log in to your apps created using iOS App SDK.

Enhanced barcode support

FileMaker Go supports 4 additional barcode types: PDF417, ITF-14, Aztec, and Data Matrix.

FileMaker Cloud for AWS

Upload to Host

The menu item under File > Sharing menu is now “Upload to Host” so users can upload to FileMaker Cloud for AWS as well as FileMaker Server. Upload multiple files at once. Plus, the redesigned dialog box also provides a more streamlined user experience.

Platform parity

The FileMaker Cloud for AWS 1.18 code base supports all of the new features in the FileMaker 18 Platform.

Product deprecation notice

The FileMaker Cloud for AWS 1.x series has been deprecated. FileMaker Cloud for AWS 1.19 will be the last version of this series. Deprecation does not mean the immediate deletion of a feature, technology, or product.

Learn more

Next steps

FileMaker Licensing FAQ

Before you purchase, learn more about your licensing options.

Read FAQ

FileMaker Community

Join the conversation about FileMaker 18 features in an online forum.

Learn more

Custom App Academy

Get free, online video training on the FileMaker Platform.

Watch videos

Import Field Mapping dialog box
File-based script steps and Script Error Logging
Manage Security dialog box and new managed security access
While and SetRecursion calculation functions