Claris FileMaker WebDirect 19 Guide


Claris® FileMaker WebDirect® is a Claris FileMaker® client, used with Claris FileMaker Server® or Claris FileMaker Cloud®, that enables users to interact with your custom apps on the web. You create custom apps using Claris FileMaker Pro® and then host, manage, and configure your apps using FileMaker Server or FileMaker Cloud.

Security is important when you publish data on the web. Review the security guidelines in FileMaker Security Guide, FileMaker Pro Help, FileMaker Server Help, and FileMaker Cloud Help.

For information about the minimum hardware and software requirements, see the FileMaker Server system requirements.

About this guide

About FileMaker WebDirect

How FileMaker WebDirect works

Connecting through the internet or an intranet

Designing a FileMaker WebDirect custom app

Step 1: Plan your FileMaker WebDirect custom app

Step 2: Understand the capabilities of FileMaker WebDirect

Step 3: Optimize performance

Step 4: Design layouts for mobile browsers

Step 5: Hide the menu bar and status toolbar

Step 6: Set up tasks for web users

Step 7: Enable users to close the file

Step 8: Review the functions, scripts, and script triggers in your custom app

Step 9: Set up external data sources

Publishing a FileMaker WebDirect custom app

Sharing a FileMaker WebDirect custom app

FileMaker WebDirect settings in Admin Console

Opening a FileMaker WebDirect custom app

Design considerations

Some aspects of FileMaker Pro custom apps behave differently on the web. Consider the following information as you design your custom app.


Maximum number of connections

Mobile browsers


Panel controls


Button bars

Web viewers

Borders and padding

Hidden conditions

Tab order

Multifile custom apps

Multiple-machine deployments