Starting or stopping FileMaker Server background processes (macOS)

There may be times when you need to start or stop all components of FileMaker Server on a machine. For example, after you restrict access to Admin Console (on the Administration tab), you must restart all FileMaker Server components. You do this either by restarting the machine or by restarting the FileMaker Server processes.

In macOS, FileMaker Server runs as several background processes that start when FileMaker Server is installed. In a multiple-machine deployment, FileMaker Server processes run on each machine.

Typically, the FileMaker Server processes are started when the machine is started. If you choose not to have the FileMaker Server processes started during macOS startup or if you stopped the processes, you can start them again manually.

Warning  File corruption may occur if you stop FileMaker Server processes when database files are open on the host. Close all database files before stopping FileMaker Server processes.

To start or stop FileMaker Server manually:

You must be logged in to the machine where FileMaker Server is running.

  • Open the Terminal application and enter the start or stop command:

    To Enter

    Start FileMaker Server processes

    sudo launchctl start com.filemaker.fms

    Stop FileMaker Server processes

    sudo launchctl stop com.filemaker.fms

Note  The sudo command requires you to authenticate.