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.

Layout objects window
Layout objects window

Layout objects window

Script workspace

Script workspace

Add animations and transitions

Add animations and transitions

Signature-capture setup

Signature-capture setup

Supported Operating System(s):

Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 10



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David from University of Alaska Foundation

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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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.

Review Source: Capterra

Jonathan from RSA Archer GRC Consultant

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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November 2018

Great custom solution builder

Pros

A great solution for building custom database solutions

Cons

Can be hard to configure and understand initially

Review Source: Capterra

Benjamin from Diamond Assets LLC

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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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.

Review Source: Capterra

Cameron from Epic Marketing

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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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.

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Vaughan from Focus Productions

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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October 2018

Customisations galour!

We managed to combine multiple apps into one single one. To-do lists, stock tracking, quoting, staff movements, freight calculations; everything in 1 place now

Pros

It can do almost anything & allows for the most detailed (anal-retentive) person to make even minute changes to suit their preference.
Powerful, cost effective (for our 10-15 person office) & mobile for our teams on the road.

Cons

Finding a good programmer can be painful.

Review Source: Capterra
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Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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October 2018

Great software

Pros

Great piece of software that any small to large business can use. Has many great features to keep contacts and more organized.

Cons

no cons, great software at a great price.

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Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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October 2018

For the advanced form maker

Pros

Very comprehensive functionality, many features and the industry's best form making software.

Cons

Complexity for creating simple jobs or simple tasks.

Review Source: Capterra

Gary from Humanus

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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September 2018

More than a database

I've used FileMaker to create everything from a personal time management system to an online volunteer registration database. If you can imagine it, you can build it.

Pros

The FileMaker platform combines robust database management with a slick interface for designing a pleasant end-user experience. With some little training, a developer can become quite competent at creating a complete solution. With more experience and training, there's little that CAN'T be done with the system.

Cons

I have to say it; the least favorable piece of the system is its pricing structure. It's pricey to use for anything but medium to large scale deployment. Small businesses might find the cost prohibitive, and developers working for small organizations might not be able to produce solutions that are cost effective for their clients. You get a lot of horsepower, but it comes at a price.

Review Source: Capterra

Jacqueline from DirectEd

Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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August 2018

FileMaker

Pros

I like that is simple to find people. Just by typing their name and they pop up. Also, that the information needed is easy to find in the tabs.

Cons

When it crashes and it doesn't refresh or it doesn't close

Review Source: Capterra

ravi from OATI

Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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August 2018

Makes the development rapid

We use the dashboard screen of Filemaker for tracking of projects, orders and management of inventory. Filemaker combines our cloud services into one unit. It helps us analsying the project needs through scientific data. It has enhanced visions for our techniques.

Pros

It has a complex structure which makes it robust yet it is very easy to use and learn. It makes the planning very easy for our projects. Commands and scripts can be easily combined. It has many custom solutions for different needs and you can get it working in no time. It is very flexible and customisable.

Cons

It lacks some of the visualisation techniques for the representation just same as excel sheets. It should also have more licensing options for the small scale to medium scale companies.

Review Source: Capterra

Oliver from Ness Digital Engineering

Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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August 2018

Splendid data base software for doing a lot of work.

Pros

FileMaker Platform software is widely used for designing data base production and fast grade applications rapidly. One can create IT assets database with the help of this software. This software saves time and money. Fantastic software for small and medium sized businesses. One can easily gather data base with the help of this software. One can immediately design sophisticated custom application by using this software.

Cons

When I write about cons, I would say this software seems to be little bit difficult for the new beginners because of its unique layout. For unlocked items, it is easy to override data but in case of locked data, they are unable to function in scripts. Another con is that it lacks a few of word processing capabilities.

Review Source: Capterra

jairo from CAI

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August 2018

Very rewarding

Organization

Pros

Medium easy to use, but with great results, the data base behind it its amazing to access to create your own Exccell customized date based

Cons

its difficult ate the start to set up and fill up to get the best results, but its completely worth it

Review Source: Capterra

Reinaldo from Serenis Consulting

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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July 2018

Its a very good software. You can easily developper other programs and have access to your BDD

Its very easy to develop with and I've created many applications for the enterprise that I work for.

Pros

You can easily developper other programs and have access to your BDD
Make links between tables and between files its easy
It is posible to create the scripts in order to simplify further jobs

Cons

The script must be done in the langue of your OS. I work in France, so mines are in french, that dificults the job when i have to search for help in forums cause the scripts that I've found are allways in english and then i have to translate the syntax. NO ALLWAYS EASY

Review Source: Capterra

John from Rise Interactive

Number of employees:  201-500 employees

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July 2018

Great for small business and DIYers

Pros

The software is extremely easy to use with its drag and drop interface and design functionality. Its good for small inventory management or contact management. The software is fast and self container, its hard to mess up.

Cons

It does not scale as well as other database services. If you are using it with more than 100 users or more than 100k records of data, you're not going to get the same performance you expect. For small uses, its perfect though.

Review Source: Capterra
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July 2018

Filemaker Pro Developer for many years

Pros

Filemaker Pro allows you to prototype and built database production grade applications fast. The nicest thing about Filemaker Pro is that you built the database structure, scripts and layouts in the same application. Building lay outs is as easy as drag and drop and doesn't require extensive design skills or knowledge of secondary technologies such as HTML/CSS/JavaScript. Personally I think anyone who's willing to dedicated some time for training is able to become a Filemaker Developer. Another nice thing is that database applications can easily be integrated with mobile platforms.

Filemaker applications can be hosted online (cloud), on premise on Filemaker Server and locally on the Filemaker client. The applications that I've build with Filemaker run for 10+ years already on a Filemaker Server multi site environment and is in use by 25+ people on a daily basis.

Filemaker is regularly updated (major versions usually once a year) which introduces new features. These updates make Filemaker better each round, for instance the latest upgrade introduces sensory perception for IOS devices and a new administration console.

Finally, the development and implementation costs of Filemaker Pro applications are very low compared to enterprise database solutions making it really attractive for SMB. The licensing is server and client based and there is also a subscription based license to be paid annually.

Cons

The pros of Filemaker Pro heavily outweigh its cons but here is a few:
- Performance of applications is nowhere as good as that of enterprise solutions, especially when multiple clients from different sites connect to an on premise hosted server.
- Filemaker has its own scripting engine, which is pretty good, but some functions/operations can be a bit difficult to implement due to its limitations which is easier in SQL.

Review Source: Capterra
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July 2018

Just Awesome!

Pros

My experience in designing relational databases is from MS Access 2003 - before they changed the interface. Filemaker is very reminiscent of that style of simplicity and functionality.

Cons

Honestly, it's hard to complain about FM because it just works. Whereas the question is not, "What do I dislike?" but rather "What do I like least?" I will say that I am left longing for more visually appealing templates and themes. That would be nice.

Review Source: Capterra

Andrew from Nium, Inc.

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July 2018

This product is revolutionizing the way I operate my day to day business.

Pros

I honestly have only scratched the surface of what FileMaker is capable of doing. As I go further down the rabbit hole, I am finding that there are so many tools to aid in my ability to create unique business solutions.

Cons

While FileMaker has what seems to be an endless amount of possibilities, it can make it difficult to feel like you know what you are doing. I would recommend getting some initial training or watching tutorial videos.

Review Source: Capterra

Marlyn from Viajes de Freitas

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June 2018

Manage your files in a more useful way.

Pros

Automates and easily manages your mobile application services, ten a great advantage speed and flexibility in any development.

Cons

You need a server to run your applications, it all depends on the size and complexity of your project.

Review Source: Capterra

Geneve from Sunnybrook research institute

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June 2018

Another admin set it up. I did not have much training using the software but it has not been easy

Pros

It allows me to do billing for my facility. I like that I have my user accounts , fee per instrument etc all in one program

Cons

Not intuitive. Unless training has been provided it's hard to figure out how to use on your own. Also I have to import my online Instrument calendar separately.

Review Source: Capterra

Wendy from Bierlein Companies, Inc.

Industry:  Other

Number of employees:  201-500 employees

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June 2018

First data base I ever used!

This database has been used at both my jobs over the last 20 years....so it must tried and true to be used for so long.

Pros

I was brought into a job where I had to learn this program on my own. With the "help" tab and a little ingenuity I was able to pick up on the concept right away. I was able to build my own forms from the already set up data base. As years went on we had to change the forms and the information we collected and it was a cinch to figure out without the use of the "help" tab. When I moved into a new job I was able to test my knowledge of FileMaker pro in an updated version. As I had the basics down I was able to figure out how to use it for calculations as well as counts and general use of the database. I had to pretty much put together a balance sheet using a data base. It was interesting and fun to figure out.

Cons

I don't really have anything I can remember that was irritating to me that I thought should be done differently.

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