Viewing and downloading log files

FileMaker Server tracks activity, client access, and other information as it operates and stores this information in log files. For a list of FileMaker Server log files, see Monitoring FileMaker Server.

  1. In Admin Console, click the Logs > Log Viewer tab.

  2. To view a log, click Select, then choose the log name.

    • To reorder columns, drag a column to a new location.

    • To change the sort order, click the column heading.

    • To use a filter for a column, click filter icon in the column heading, choose the criteria, then click Apply.

    • To reset a filter for a single column, click filter icon in the column heading, then click Reset.

    • To reset filters for all columns, click Reset All Filters.

    You can view multiple log files in the log viewer by enabling interactive view. See Viewing multiple log files.

  3. To download a log file, click Download.

For information about log file settings, see Using log settings.


  • Filtering options are not available in interactive view.

  • In a multiple-machine deployment, the log files are on the primary machine.

  • All log files are located in the Logs folder:

    • Windows: [drive]:\Program Files\FileMaker\FileMaker Server\Logs

      If FileMaker Server is installed in a non-default location, the beginning portion of the default path shown above, \Program Files\FileMaker\FileMaker Server, is replaced with the path that was specified during installation. For example: \My_Path\Logs

    • macOS: /Library/FileMaker Server/Logs

    • Linux: /opt/FileMaker/FileMaker Server/Logs

  • Do not open the log files directly in the Logs folder while FileMaker Server processes are running. The processes may be writing to the file. Instead, download the log file to a different folder or make a copy of the log file that you want to open. Open the log files using any application capable of opening plain text files or the macOS Console application. You can open the log files in the macOS Console application while FileMaker Server is running. Events are logged continuously, with the most recent log entry at the bottom of the Admin Console application window.