What’s New – FileMaker 16 Platform

Create custom apps that work for your team







Create apps for iPad and iPhone that are sure to delight

Animations and transitions with scripts

Provide visual transitions to help orient users as they navigate through their custom apps on FileMaker Go.

For example, use script steps to animate the transition from a list of contacts to a contact’s details.

Enhanced signature capture

Sign documents on your iPad or iPhone just as you would on a paper form. In addition to full screen, display the signature capture screen as an overlay or embedded in a layout. Users can now see what they are signing on the same screen.

Region-monitoring script step

Automate business workflows based on the location of your iOS device. Now you can automatically perform an action when an iOS device detects a nearby, predefined iBeacon. Or automatically pull up location-based information when entering a predefined geofence.

Custom paper sizes

Pick the right paper size for your needs. Add user-defined paper sizes

and reorder existing paper sizes when printing in FileMaker Go.


Build powerful custom apps in less time

Layout Objects window

Save time when working with layouts. The new Layout Objects window provides a hierarchical list of all objects on your layout. Simply select an object and instantly make a change without having to ungroup the set. Plus, easily find stacked or hidden objects on your layout.


In one easy step, create windows that are automatically sized and placed appropriately on the main screen. Cards allow for a more controlled user experience — guiding users to take action before returning to the main window, without impacting any interaction with other windows or files.

PDF Support

Print PDFs of invoices, labels, badges, and more in FileMaker WebDirect.

Run automated reports and save other information as PDFs, using scripts performed on FileMaker Server.

New FileMaker Pro

interface on Windows OS

Get a more native Windows OS experience on FileMaker Pro with the brand-new user interface. Maximize screen real estate and use multiple monitors when working with your custom apps.

Copy and paste value lists

Save valuable development time with the ability to copy and paste value lists in FileMaker Pro.

Variables in FileMaker data source references

Dynamically open hosted FileMaker files by specifying a variable when choosing a file path.

Enhanced Data Viewer

Increase your productivity with auto-complete for function names in the Data Viewer, available in FileMaker Pro Advanced. Plus, automatically evaluate results for functions and resize the Edit Expression window to easily view all results.


Connect to other data sources and get even

more from your FileMaker apps


Easily exchange data with other web services and applications.

Enhanced cURL options

With more than 90 cURL options to choose from, easily create detailed HTTP/HTTPS network calls to request JSON data from other applications via REST APIs.

JSON functions

Use predefined functions to simplify parsing and generating JSON data requested from other data sources.

FileMaker Data API Trial

Use FileMaker data in other popular apps and services with the REST-based FileMaker Data API in FileMaker Server during the trial period.

Tableau Web Data Connector for FileMaker

Better visualize your FileMaker data with the Tableau Web Data Connector for FileMaker. The connector is a FileMaker Data API that provides integration with Tableau Desktop.

The trial period for the FileMaker Data API will expire on September 27, 2018. After which, it will cease to operate.

External script steps

Extend the capabilities of third-party plug-ins with support for external script steps in the FileMaker Plug-in SDK. This new functionality also works with iOS apps created using the iOS App SDK. Easily connect your FileMaker-based apps to other applications and technologies your business regularly uses.


Get new tools to secure your custom apps

OAuth 2.0 support for accounts

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 FileMaker-based custom apps.

Clickable security lock icons

Get more details about the security of your network connection in FileMaker Pro. You’ll find information about SSL certificates, related details, and certificate validity.


Share data with even more users via a web browser

FileMaker WebDirect scalability

Connect even more members of your team simultaneously over a web browser. FileMaker WebDirect now supports up to 500 users at the same time.

New! FileMaker Cloud

Easily share information with your team in the cloud. New FileMaker Cloud provides secure, reliable access to your custom apps. Get the simplicity and performance of the FileMaker Platform without having to deploy and maintain a server. FileMaker Cloud runs on the Amazon Web Services Cloud. Available in the United States, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and Africa.