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FileMaker Server 16

FileMaker Server 16
  • Donor or Provider: FileMaker
  • Platform: Windows, Mac
  • Format: Download
  • Product ID: G-48980
  • Availability: Available

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FileMaker Server is a dedicated database server for managing and sharing custom apps created using FileMaker Pro. On a network it opens FileMaker Pro files and makes them available to other FileMaker Pro or FileMaker Go users. On the Internet or on an organization's intranet, it publishes FileMaker data in web pages. It works on both Windows and Mac servers.

This discounted offer provides one FileMaker Server license. The license includes one year of maintenance, updates, and upgrades.

Benefits for Organizations

You can use FileMaker Server to

  • Simplify administration by managing a large number of FileMaker Pro apps remotely
  • Save time by automating administrative tasks
  • Allow remote editing through web browsers or the FileMaker Go app (see capabilities below)
  • Create custom, data-driven websites with PHP or XML (requires development experience)

Learn how other organizations are using FileMaker.

Major Capabilities

  • Scalability: FileMaker Server does not restrict the number of networked FileMaker Pro clients. Limits are imposed by your hardware, app design, operating system, or licensing program.
  • FileMaker WebDirect: Allows developers to perform many of the functions of FileMaker Pro via a web browser on a desktop, laptop, or mobile device (see Web and Mobile Access below)
  • FileMaker Go: Allows developers to perform many of the functions of FileMaker Pro via iPad and iPhone devices
  • Custom Web Publishing: Developers with PHP or XML experience can
    • Integrate a database with another website
    • Determine how users interact with data
    • Control how data appears in web browsers
  • Security: The security capabilities in FileMaker Server allow administrators to
    • Manage user access through external Active Directory/Open Directory authentication
    • Set password strength and allow password hints
    • Secure data transfer through SSL encryption
  • ODBC and JDBC support: You can use ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) and JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) to read from and write to FileMaker apps hosted by FileMaker Server in conjunction with external programs and development tools. FileMaker Server can support up to 50 simultaneous ODBC and JDBC remote connections.

Compatibility of File Format with Earlier Versions

FileMaker Server 16 is not compatible with files created in versions earlier than 12. You can convert files from previous versions with FileMaker Pro 16.

Network Access

FileMaker Server can securely connect hundreds of FileMaker Pro users. FileMaker Server also includes one connection for access from FileMaker Go or web browser users.

Web and Mobile Access

Access to FileMaker files through FileMaker WebDirect or FileMaker Go requires paid connections. FileMaker Server comes with one connection, primarily for testing purposes. With version 16, FileMaker offers both "user connections," based on unique users, and "concurrent connections," if needed for qualifying anonymous usage. You can purchase both types of connections directly from FileMaker in groups of 5, up to a maximum of 500. You do not need a copy of FileMaker Pro for this type of access. However, you do need FileMaker Pro to create the files.

Simply viewing database solutions published to a website does not require a paid connection or a FileMaker Pro license.

Previewing FileMaker Server

You can download a free 10-day trial version of FileMaker Server 16 from the FileMaker website. However, the license key received through this offer will not unlock the trial version for permanent use. You'll need to uninstall the trial version and then install the full version.


The FileMaker support page offers a knowledge base, forums, product documentation, and a phone number for help with issues like installation and registration at no charge. You can purchase support packages for technical issues and troubleshooting from this page.

Choose Carefully

The administrative fee for this product is not refundable, and the product cannot be exchanged.

Obtaining This Product

Expect two emails. When TechSoup approves your donation request, we will send a message to your organization email address with preliminary information about obtaining this product. Shortly after, the donor partner will send an email with information needed to complete the installation or activation.

Rules, Eligibility and Restrictions

  • Quantity: Organizations may request up to 23 FileMaker Pro products and 1 FileMaker Server license per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30.
  • Budget: Organizations with annual operating budgets of any size are eligible for products in this program.
  • Nonprofits and libraries only: Products in this program are available only to qualifying nonprofits with 501(c)(3) designation and to public libraries. Public libraries must either have valid 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or be listed in the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) database.
  • Organization types: All organization types are eligible for products in this program.
  • Terms of service: Organizations that request FileMaker products must agree to any applicable terms of service.
  • Anti-discrimination policy: Organizations that advocate, support, or practice discrimination based on age, ethnicity, gender, national origin, disability, race, size, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background are not eligible to participate in this program. Organizations must be willing and able to attest that they do not discriminate on any of these grounds in order to receive products in this program.
  • Case study: Recipient organizations must be willing and able to provide information to FileMaker for the purposes of creating a case study or testimonial on this program.
  • Product distribution:
    • Products will be distributed under this program to qualifying organizations only, not to individuals.
    • Recipient organizations may not transfer or resell FileMaker products.