FileMaker Technical Specifications

You will find below all the technical specifications and requirements for the latest Claris FileMaker 19 products.

Claris FileMaker Pro

The electronic version of FileMaker Pro includes a link to download a license certificate for installation and a link to download the product software. The software bundle includes the Installation Guide, available online. The boxed version includes a license key for installation and a link to download the software. FileMaker Pro displays and supports the language used by the desktop operating system.

Claris FileMaker Go

FileMaker Go is a single, universal app that is designed for both iPad and iPhone and is available on the App Store.

Claris FileMaker WebDirect

FileMaker WebDirect runs custom apps in a web browser on a computer, tablet, and mobile phone. It is available in FileMaker Cloud and FileMaker Server.

Claris FileMaker Cloud

FileMaker Cloud is a service available from Claris International Inc. through a request to our Sales Team. It includes access to the following clients: FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Pro Advanced, FileMaker Go, and FileMaker WebDirect. Product documentation is available online.

Claris FileMaker Server

FileMaker Server is available only as an electronic download. It includes product software and a link to an electronic license certificate for installation and provides access to the following clients: FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Pro Advanced, FileMaker Go, and FileMaker WebDirect. Product documentation is available online.

Languages supported

Product Language
FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go, FileMaker WebDirect Central Europe: Czech, Polish, Russian, Turkish
Middle Eastern
Indian-Thai
North African
FileMaker Server Central Europe: Czech, Polish, Russian, Turkish
Middle Eastern
Indian-Thai
North African
Claris Customer Console Central Europe: Czech, Polish, Russian, Turkish
Middle Eastern
Indian-Thai
North African
Claris ID Central Europe: Czech, Polish, Russian, Turkish
Middle Eastern
Indian-Thai
North African

Compatibility (Interoperability)

Host Supported clients
FileMaker Server 19.4-19.5

FileMaker Pro 19 (all versions)
FileMaker Pro 18.0.3 Advanced
FileMaker Go 19, 18.0.3
Apps created using iOS App SDK 19, 18
FileMaker WebDirect
FileMaker Cloud 2.19.4

FileMaker Pro 19 (all versions)
FileMaker Pro 18.0.3 Advanced
FileMaker Go 19, 18.0.3
Apps created using iOS App SDK 19, 18
FileMaker WebDirect

Client Supported clients Notes
FileMaker Pro 19.4-19.5 FileMaker Server 19, 18 Custom apps created using FileMaker Pro 12 and FileMaker Pro 12 Advanced (minimum) and later can be opened and used with FileMaker Pro 19.4 – 19.5. Learn more about converting your pre-12 FileMaker apps.
FileMaker Pro 19 (all versions)
FileMaker Pro 18.0.3 Advanced
FileMaker Cloud 2.19
FileMaker Go 19.4-19.5 FileMaker Server 19, 18 FileMaker Pro is required to create or to modify custom apps. Custom apps cannot be created or modified with FileMaker Go.
FileMaker Pro 19 (all versions)
FileMaker Pro 18 Advanced
FileMaker Cloud 2.19

Supported operating systems and devices

Note: macOS Mojave 10.14 is no longer supported. Please update your operating system before upgrading to FileMaker 19.4.

Product Platform Supported operating systems
FileMaker Pro Mac macOS Monterey 12.0
macOS Big Sur 11.0
macOS Catalina 10.15
Windows Windows 11 Enterprise and Pro Editions (64-bit only)
Windows 10 Enterprise and Pro Editions (21H1, 64-bit only)
FileMaker Pro 19.4 only: Windows 8.1 Standard and Pro Edition (64-bit only)
FileMaker Go iPad iPadOS 14 minimum

When run on these devices:

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad (9th generation)
  • iPad (8th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini (6th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2
iPhone iOS 14 minimum

When run on these devices:

  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone Xs
  • iPhone Xs Max
  • iPhone Xr
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
iOS App SDK Xcode 13
FileMaker Server Mac macOS Monterey 12.0
macOS Big Sur 11.0
macOS Catalina 10.15
Windows Windows Server 2019 Standard Edition (with Desktop Experience)
Windows Server 2019 Datacenter (with Desktop Experience)*
Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition (with Desktop Experience)
Windows Server 2016 Datacenter (with Desktop Experience)

**Windows Server Datacenter is compatible with FileMaker Server 19, but has not been fully tested.

Ubuntu Linux Ubuntu 18.04 LTS ( Long Term Support) Server
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS ( Long Term Support) Desktop**

FileMaker Server 19.5 only:
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Long Term Support) Server
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Long Term Support) Desktop*

*Ubuntu Desktop is compatible with FileMaker Server 19.4-19.5, but has not been fully tested.

**Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is deprecated in FileMaker Server 19.5 and will be removed from future releases.

The furigana option for fields and the Furigana function require the use of third-party tools such as Kakasi.

*Version stated is the minimum requirement. Products may work with later operating systems certified by Claris International Inc. Operating systems not listed in the table above may also work but have not been tested and are not supported.

Hardware requirements

  Minimum
FileMaker Pro 19.5 Windows RAM: 2 GB (64-bit only)
Mac RAM: 4 GB
FileMaker Server FileMaker Server 19.4:

CPU: Dual Core

FileMaker Server 19.5:

CPU: Dual Core (when parallel backup is disabled), 4-Core (when parallel backup is enabled)

RAM: 8 GB or more
Hard Drive: 500 GB or more, dependent on file size, with a minimum of 20% of free drive space. Solid State Drives (SSD) recommended.

NOTE: The 500 GB minimum requirement applies to the total size of all drives, depending on how the operating system is configured. Each drive requires a minimum of 20% of free drive space.

Operating system drive requirements for FileMaker Server

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 100 GB or more of available 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.

FileMaker 19.4:

FileMaker Server Admin Console Claris Customer Console FileMaker WebDirect Desktop FileMaker WebDirect Mobile *Claris Customer Console Mobile
Safari 14 minimum Safari 14 minimum Safari 14 minimum Mobile Safari on iOS 14 minimum Mobile Safari on iOS 14 minimum, iPad iOS 14 minimum
Chrome 80 minimum Chrome 80 minimum Chrome 80 minimum Chrome 80 minimum on Android 7.x minimum
Microsoft Edge 44 Microsoft Edge 44 Microsoft Edge 44
New Microsoft Edge 80 New Microsoft Edge 80 New Microsoft Edge 80

FileMaker 19.5:

FileMaker Server Admin Console Claris Customer Console FileMaker WebDirect Desktop FileMaker WebDirect Mobile *Claris Customer Console Mobile
Safari 15 minimum Safari 15 minimum Safari 15 minimum Mobile Safari on iOS 15 minimum Mobile Safari on iOS 15 minimum
Chrome 95 minimum Chrome 95 minimum Chrome 95 minimum Chrome 95 minimum on Android 7.x minimum Chrome 95 minimum on Android 7.x minimum
Edge Chromium 95 Edge Chromium 95 Edge Chromium 95

*Users are able to perform the following tasks in Claris Customer Console on a mobile browser:

  • Access the Home page
  • Access the Subscription page
  • Create a Claris ID
  • Sign in with Claris ID

FileMaker WebDirect recommended hardware configurations

Number of FileMaker WebDirect clients Recommended FileMaker Server configuration
1-100* Single-machine deployment.
101-500* Multiple-machine deployment, each worker serves a maximum of 100 FileMaker WebDirect clients.

*Connections may be limited by hardware, custom app design, license/subsciption and other variables.

FileMaker WebDirect Mobile hardware requirements

Platform Supported device
iPad
 
Memory: 2 GB RAM or greater
CPU: 2.39 GHz hexa-core 64-bit
iPhone
 
Memory: 2 GB RAM or greater
CPU: 2.39 GHz hexa-core 64-bit
Android Memory: 3 GB RAM or greater
CPU: 2.1GHz Quad-Core processor or greater

* FileMaker WebDirect may work on other devices not listed in the table above, but these devices have not been tested and are not supported.

FileMaker WebDirect Mobile supported keyboard input

  • For Japanese Google IME (Android) and ATOK (Android & iOS)
  • For Korean and Simplified Chinese, Google IME (Android)
  • Built-in iOS keyboard for other languages not specified above
  • Built-in Android keyboard for other languages not specified above

FileMaker WebDirect mobile hardware accessories

  • Smart Keyboard support for iPad Pro
  • Apple Pencil support for iPad Pro

Mobile Network Requirements

Supported mobile networks
Wi-Fi LTE 4G 5G

Capacities

The table below lists the tested and theoretical maximum simultaneous connection limits for FileMaker Server 19.4-19.5. Tested maximums reflect the test configuration and do not represent a guarantee of performance.

Client Tested** Maximum Allowed**
FileMaker Server FileMaker Pro / FileMaker Pro Advanced 500 2000
FileMaker Go 500 500
FileMaker WebDirect 500 500
Custom Web Publishing (CWP)* 500 2000
FileMaker Data API 500 500
ODBC/JDBC 50 Unrestricted

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

**Connections are limited by hardware, custom app design, active users, operating system, or license agreement.

FileMaker Cloud
Client Tested** Maximum Allowed**
FileMaker Pro / FileMaker Pro Advanced 500 2000
FileMaker Go 500 500
FileMaker WebDirect 500 500
FileMaker Data API 500 2000
OData 500 500

* Connections may be limited by instance type, app design, active users, or license agreement/subscription.

Instance types

Instance types vary depending on the amount of processing power, memory, and networking capacity needed to run your custom apps. Here are the available options:

FileMaker Cloud Essentials pricing plan (5-10 users)
Number of users Type CPU Memory Storage Hosting limit
5 to 10 users t3a.large

No upgrades available.

2 8 GB 2 GB of FileMaker Data Storage per user/year. No upgrades available. 3 apps
FileMaker Cloud Standard plan (5-99 users)
5 to 9 users t3a.large 2 8 GB 6 GB of FileMaker Data Storage per user/year. Upgrades available for purchase. 125 apps
10 to 39 users t3a.large 4 16 GB
40 to 99 users t3a.2xlarge 8 32 GB
100+ users t3a.2xlarge 8 32 GB

Additional requirements

Technology Requirement
Java Java 11

FileMaker Server no longer installs a Java Runtime Environment (JRE), needed for using Custom Web Publishing and FileMaker WebDirect. To use web-related services, you must install either OpenJDK or Oracle JRE. Learn more

PHP In Windows and macOS, FileMaker Server supports Custom Web Publishing (CWP) with PHP. However, PHP is no longer bundled with FileMaker Server on Windows and macOS. This Engineering Blog post describes bundling PHP with FileMaker Server, installing PHP, and alternatives to using PHP.

NOTE: FileMaker Server installed on Linux.

Security FileMaker Server:

Supports AES-256 encryption of data at rest when the database files are encrypted by the encryption functionality in Claris FileMaker.
Sharing, reading from, and writing to AES-256 encrypted files is supported by all products in Claris FileMaker 19.4.
Supports SSL with AES-256 encryption of data in transit when the database files are hosted with FileMaker Server 15 or later.

Supports third party Certificate Authority (CA) SSL certificate vendors.

Networking TCP/IP

Each FileMaker and FileMaker Pro Advanced client requires a licensed copy of the software.

Peer-to-peer sharing  in FileMaker Pro is limited to 5 simultaneous client connections in addition to the host; each client requires a licensed copy of the software. Use FileMaker Cloud or FileMaker Server for increased security options and sharing capability.

NOTE: This feature has been deprecated in FileMaker Pro 18 Advanced. Peer-to-peer sharing is recommended for testing purposes only. Learn more

Supported ESS Data Sources Click here for a list of third party ODBC data sources and ODBC drivers supported when working with External SQL Data Sources.

ESS is not supported on FileMaker Cloud.

ODBC and JDBC Client Drivers Learn more about installing drivers to enable ODBC and JDBC clients to access FileMaker Pro data
Supported email applications FileMaker Pro can Send Mail via an email client application. To do so, you must have a supported email application installed and configured properly on your computer. See a list of supported email applications.
Microsoft .NET For Windows, FileMaker Pro requires Microsoft .NET framework version 4.8 or later.
Support Customizable OAuth Identity Providers FileMaker Server allows you to add a customizable identity provider. The supported providers are:

  • Amazon (Predefined)
  • Google  (Predefined)
  • Microsoft Azure AD  (Predefined)
  • Ping
  • OneLogin
  • Auth0
  • Okta
Supported email clients Click here for more details

Deprecated and removed technologies

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