New features in FileMaker Server 19

FileMaker Server 19 includes the following new features and improvements. For more information on new features, see the FileMaker Server 19.0 Release Notes.

Version 19.3

Apple silicon support (macOS)

  • FileMaker Server now consists of Universal macOS binaries, which takes advantage of the advanced capabilities of Mac computers with Apple silicon and also runs on Intel-based Mac computers. If you use FileMaker plug-ins or ODBC client drivers on a Mac with Apple silicon, contact the developer to get versions that are designed to run on this type of Mac. See FileMaker Server Installation and Configuration Guide.

New features and enhancements

  • FileMaker Server is now available for the Ubuntu Linux distribution. You can use CentOS in FileMaker Server versions 19.1 and 19.2, but starting with 19.3, CentOS is no longer supported.

  • The new Logs tab in Admin Console allows you to view and download FileMaker Server logs. You can use the logs to review server and client statistics, monitor server performance, and troubleshoot performance problems. See Viewing and downloading log files.

  • You can now create a certificate signing request (serverRequest.pem) using the Admin Console Configuration tab. See Creating a certificate signing request.

  • The data migration tool is now available for Ubuntu Linux. See FileMaker Data Migration Tool Guide.

  • New Claris FileMaker Admin API calls allow you to configure FileMaker Server settings that were only available through Admin Console or the FileMaker Server Command Line Interface (CLI). You can now use the API calls to:

    • remove a database

    • configure Admin Console account information, external authentication settings, session timeout for FileMaker clients, and OData settings

    • enable or disable server discovery, Admin Console sign-in, database sign-in, and filtering the list of databases

    See FileMaker Admin API Guide.

Version 19.2

  • The FileMaker Server installer supports upgrades from FileMaker Server version 16, 17, 18, 19.0, and 19.1 to version 19.2. See FileMaker Server 19 Installation and Configuration Guide.

  • This release includes a preview of enhancements to the FileMaker Admin API. New commands have been added to allow you to configure FileMaker Server settings that were only available through Admin Console or the FileMaker Server Command Line Interface (CLI).

  • FileMaker Server now supports Java 11.

  • Users are no longer required to download a new version of Java JRE when enabling the Web Publishing Engine. If the JAVA_HOME system environmental variable is set, the Web Publishing Engine uses the existing version of Java.

  • When FileMaker clients cancel finds in hosted files, finds are now halted quickly. Previously, canceled finds continued to run on the host and failed to stop promptly on clients.

  • FileMaker Server supports HTTP/2, which provides faster web performance for web publishing including FileMaker WebDirect, FileMaker Data API, and XML. HTTP/2 is enabled by default on all versions of Windows and Linux.

Version 19.1

  • FileMaker Server now supports the Linux operating system. You can download the installer from your Software Download Page. For more information about installing FileMaker Server for Linux, see FileMaker Server 19 Installation and Configuration Guide.

  • Linux: You can now use data hosted by FileMaker Server on Linux as a data source for applications using the Open Data Protocol (OData), see FileMaker OData Guide (applies to Claris FileMaker Cloud® and FileMaker Server for Linux).

  • The FileMaker Server installer can be used for fresh installations and for upgrading to a later version. In previous releases, there were two separate installers: one for fresh installations, and one for upgrades. When you upgrade FileMaker Server with new installer, settings are preserved from previous versions of FileMaker Server, and you don't need to uninstall before upgrading to the latest version. See FileMaker Server 19 Installation and Configuration Guide.

Version 19.0

  • FileMaker Server includes many improvements that support reliability, performance, scalability, and security across the Claris FileMaker Platform.