FileMaker is an app development solution that lets users create and deploy apps. Users can make apps across mobile, cloud and on-premise environments, and no programming skills are required.

FileMaker provides built-in templates to create apps for contact management, content management, inventory and task management. The solution can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud.

FileMaker allows users to customize their apps with their company brands, logos and colors. It provides reporting and charting tools to make summary reports, charts, graphs and dashboards. Users can export data from the dashboard in Excel and PDF format.

The solution helps users create two-way connections with Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL and IBM DB2 data sources. It provides 256-bit encryption to protect data stored in a server. Support is provided via online forum and phone.



99 Reviews of FileMaker

Overall rating

4.39 / 5 stars

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January 2019

Hannah from UBC

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

January 2019

We use it daily!

Pros

Easy to manipulate and change our interface as needed.

Cons

The updates can be inconvenient to our formatting. Unexpected changes can occur in our database.

January 2019

Darrel from The Martial Arts Leader

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

January 2019

FileMaker Is Awesome

FileMaker has been a great addition to my record and data keeping I would fully recommend it to everyone

Pros

I previously used Microsoft Access for my database needs, but found it rather difficult to navigate and decided to switch to FileMaker Pro and am happy that I did. It is very straightforward and easy to use for people that don't have a lot of programming skills. Also it works very well on all Windows, Mac, and iOS devices.

Cons

The help documentation from FileMaker is not always the easiest to follow or understand however there are plenty of sites/YouTube videos that will demonstrate almost anything you can think of and many include a sample file to help you follow along.

January 2019

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

January 2019

Great for Collections

Pros

This is a great platform for tracking museum collections and graphics.

Cons

You create your own layouts, so sometimes editing can be a pain.

January 2019

Anna from UBC

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

January 2019

Very good!

Pros

Powerful software when you know how to use it properly.

Cons

The database we made with this software has some glitches that we can’t seem to resolve. Wish it was a bit more user friendly.

January 2019

Casey from JRM Trust

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

January 2019

Filemaker Pro Advanced

Overall, FileMaker has made our business run much more smoothly. We are converting all of our old paper records to electronic, and this software helps us keep track of everything.

Pros

We're using this software to create a database with 50+ years of grant history. FileMaker has totally changed the way we do business! I love that it is able to perform time saving tasks such as, creating personalized letters, emails and reports. I love that It easily stores and organizes all of our old records, giving us the paper free office we've been yearning for.

Cons

-We use FileMaker to issue random passwords and various types of access- it regularly bugs out and occasionally needs restarted in order for access changes to be reflected.

-I dislike that it is not user friendly for most average people. (We have a IT company who is creating our database)

December 2018

Jack from Construction

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

A Dream for Entry-Level Developers

We were able to take a concept that was just barely not capable in MS Access and many other platforms and create it on Filemaker in less than 6 months, and have been slowing modifying it and adding to it as we go, all without the need for a skilled salaried position.

Pros

Their simple yet comprehensive set of no-code scripts steps that are available to use.

Cons

The licensing and hosting challenges. there are different ways to host and an annual license for a set amount of users is needed every year. The way your license is provided to you depends on how and where you buy the license from and how it is going to be hosted. Can be very daunting when doing it the first time.

December 2018

Stephanie from The Event Group

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

2 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

It Works, but is it the best?

If you're looking for an all in one platform, this isn't my first choice. Honestly, it's probably not in the top five for me. If you're looking for a database management software for tracking customers, sending invoices and proposals, and software you can update as your company grows, this is great. You'll probably need something better in the long run, but it's a good start.

Pros

The ease of creating forms and spreadsheets for data tracking with this software was pretty great. We used this mainly in our event planning business and I didn't really have a complaint. You can tell the program what information you need and it will track it and input what ever you've indicated you need it to input. It definitely depends on user input and you have to take the time to ensure your databases are updated. If you do that, you won't have a problem.

Cons

The only real aspect I didn't like was that there was no workflow type tracking. As our business grew, this is something we desperately needed, but it was never marketed to us as such, so I can't really complain about this. If you're looking for an all in one platform, this wouldn't be my first choice.

December 2018

Roxanne from Papercraft Central - Where the Learning begins ...

Company Size: 1 employee

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Filemaker Database

I use Filemaker for client lists and also for file references. Each file I allocate a number to it and enter it into Filemaker and at any given time, I can look up that file and see where it is at - it might be in my re-sub system, filed away or in my 'Action' trays - makes life a lot easier and quicker.

Pros

Filemaker is easy to set up your database and very easy to get reports on what data you want. You can set up a form style data entry platform and customise to your liking. I find this easier to use than using a spreadsheet style layout.

Cons

There isn't anything negative about this software that I have found.

December 2018

Ramy from Action

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

December 2018

Good for saving lots of files

It’s easy to use but if something is deleted that it’s gone

Pros

I like how it saves automatically anything you write.

Cons

Rarely, but sometimes glitches and reverts to old files. When doing this it deletes what you were currently working on.

December 2018

Kyle from Alton Kyle Designs

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

2 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

December 2018

Mindful but Gutless

Pros

It meets a very certain criteria that I need for my job.

Cons

The ui/ux experience is dated, with some easy fixes it could really shine.

December 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2018

Making It Easier to Manage My Data!

Pros

Easy to create databases with detailed tutorials for each function. It has made managing all of my paperwork a lot easier and it is simple to share files with coworkers.

Cons

Calculations were difficult for me to figure out at first but after some trial-and-error, I was able to get it just how I wanted it to be.

December 2018

Matthew from Our Sunday Visitor

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Flexible database app for simple to complex needs

Initially we just wanted to convert our old and outdated database system over to FileMaker, but once others in the company saw the flexibility and ease of use of FileMaker, it's use has greatly increased throughout my company. It's seen a lot of use replacing MS Excel-based "systems", where users have just slapped together a bunch of messy Excel files in a confusing way without any help from IT. These Excel "systems" are growing, causing problems, and then are being replaced by FileMaker databases with great success.

Pros

I like that FileMaker is simple to learn (and to keep learning), with tons of resources available online including their own forums. Between youtube videos and some paid Lynda.com courses I feel very confident I can develop quality database solutions for my company. It's great software and I actually enjoy working with it.

Cons

The recent pricing structure change for version 17 file has me concerned about the direction FileMaker might be taking. So we've held onto version 16 for now and will be waiting to upgrade. Other than concerns about pricing I don't have anything else bad to say about it.

December 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Relational DB On Another Level

Started from zero knowledge to having built an entire ERP system for the business. Loving the FileMaker platform.

Pros

Easy to learn and program
Easy to implement into an existing organization
Tons of information out there in regards to tips and tricks!

Cons

Currently the 17.0.2 release under Mojave has some issues that aren't set to be resolved until mid December 2018.

December 2018

Sacha from Paymentshield

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Immediate development results from renowned multi-platform suite

Multi-platform deployment of a single code base, company-wide policy administration for internal and online-accounts - benefits are large system changes immediately testable within instantly-deployed self-contained environments for advanced automation and on-the-fly user interface updates. With a free trial, and a willingness to try a development system that focuses (though is not limited to) linear steps, you can experience truly productive results significantly faster than web-based systems, without compromising deployment options - a really flexible and hugely enjoyable development environment!

Pros

Instant compilation & execution of syntax-free code, visually-based object-linking / selection, immediate UI changes, plug-in and web-service extensibility, multi-platform deployment of single code-base solutions, from desktop to web and mobile.

Cons

Cost is the only consideration when recommending, though in comparison to other systems, it offers better value, just would benefit from a lower entry-level option for people to discover its power.

December 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

1 of 5

Value for money

1 of 5

Customer support

1 of 5

Functionality

1 of 5

December 2018

The Pit of Despair

Pros

I guess it's a nice touch that it works on both Mac's and PCs.

Cons

The COST is absolutely absurd for a product with so many flaws!

November 2018

KRISTY from ATLANTA EXPLORATION COMPANY

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

November 2018

NICE PROGRAM

Pros

I LIKE THAT THIS PROGRAM HELPS ACHIEVE OUR IN HOUSE GOALS TO DESIGN SIMPLE YET EFFECTIVE IN HOUSE APPLICATIONS.

Cons

ANNUAL LICENSE OR YOUR DATABASE IS OBSOLETE

November 2018

Aaron from Paradigm Technologies

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

2 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

1 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

November 2018

Very Lacking

Pros

Has some great features and a fairly simple to understand interface.

Cons

Extremely difficult to install or upgrade. Settings have to be adjusted through an API, which can be difficult to do for somebody who is not extremely computer savvy. Customer support is very unhelpful.

November 2018

David from University of Alaska Foundation

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

November 2018

Easy, powerful do it yourself solution

I have used FileMaker for 22 years and am continually impressed with its evolution. It has leap-frogged passed Access as a "home database" and now competes with top-level professional data solutions. FileMaker Go is a pleasure to use. I have built my own Contacts solution that is years ahead of anything in the iOS app store. I wish a customer portal could be built to make dealing with support issues easier. The single biggest request, an Android version, falls on deaf ears; likely because FileMaker is owned by Apple Inc.

Pros

The FileMaker platform (desktop, server, cloud, FileMaker Go mobile app) is lightyears in simplicity ahead of Microsoft Access - which I often hear as the "go-to do it yourself" solution. FileMaker is ridiculously simple to use, especially when using a built-in starter solution. FileMaker scales to almost enterprise levels of use. The scripting functionality make creation of custom apps (no longer called "solutions") a very quick affair. FileMaker works with Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, and the iOS FileMaker Go App. Pricing is very reasonable considering all it does.

Cons

Development of the platform usually runs slower than emerging technologies can be incorporated. There is no Android version of the mobile app. The web app is an acceptable solution for simple solutions, but usually not a good option for apps using complex scripting. Support can be challenging. There is no customer portal to manage keys and payment information.

October 2018

Benjamin from Diamond Assets LLC

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

October 2018

Great Software

Pros

It was the tool that helped us develop our CRM. It works great.

Cons

It can be quite slow when on a VPN remotely. Not a big deal though.

October 2018

Cameron from Epic Marketing

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Functionality

2 of 5

October 2018

It Does the Job, but Not Well

Pros

It works, it does what it's supposed to do.

Cons

It can be difficult to use and the inferace isn't very user friendly.