Specifying options for the Developer Utilities

Note  This topic describes features that are available when the Use advanced tools general preference is selected. See Using advanced tools.

Use the Developer Utilities to customize a set of database files.

To customize your database files:

  1. Close all of your database files that you are going to customize.

  2. Choose Tools menu > Developer Utilities.

  3. If you have used the Developer Utilities on the same database before and saved your settings, click Load Settings.

  4. Click Add to locate the files that you want to customize.

  5. If you add multiple files, double-click a file in the list to specify the primary file.

  6. Select Developer Utilities settings as required. See Using the Developer Utilities.

  7. For Solution Options, click Specify.

  8. In the Specify Solution Options dialog box, select one or more options.

  9. To

    Do this

    Permanently prohibit any administrative access to your solution

    Select Remove admin access from files permanently.

    Important  Once removed, administrative access cannot be restored to the custom solution.

    See Removing admin access to databases.

    Force accounts without full access privileges to open your solution in Kiosk mode

    Select Enable Kiosk mode for non-admin accounts.

    See Displaying databases in Kiosk mode.

    Add the FileMaker extension to the filenames of database files

    Select Databases must have a FileMaker file extension.

    Create a log file to record any errors encountered during processing

    Select Create Error log for any processing errors.

    Specify a location and a filename for the error log.


    • If you don't specify a filename and location for the error log, it will be saved to the project folder with the filename Logfile.txt.

    • If an error occurs during the processing of the options, the error is logged in the error log. An error message may also indicate that an error has been encountered.

    Encrypt or re-encrypt database files

    Select Enable Database Encryption (or Re-encrypt files).

    See Encrypting and decrypting database files.

    Decrypt database files

    Select Remove Database Encryption.

    See Encrypting and decrypting database files.

  10. Click OK.

  11. To be able to quickly repeat the process, click Save Settings, and choose a folder and location for your settings file. See Saving settings for the Developer Utilities.

  12. Click Create.