FileMaker 16 WebDirect Guide

Introducing FileMaker WebDirect

FileMaker WebDirect is a FileMaker® client that enables users to interact with your solutions on the web. You create solutions using FileMaker Pro and then host, manage, and configure your solutions on 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.

About this guide

About FileMaker WebDirect

How FileMaker WebDirect works

FileMaker WebDirect requirements

Other ways to publish FileMaker data

Designing a FileMaker WebDirect solution

Before you begin

Step 1: Plan your FileMaker WebDirect solution

Step 2: Understand the capabilities of FileMaker WebDirect

Step 3: Optimize performance

Step 4: Design layouts for mobile browsers

Step 5: Set the solution icon and options for layouts, views, and tools

Step 6: Set up tasks for web users

Step 7: Enable users to sign out of the solution

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

Step 9: Set up external data sources

Step 10: Document your solution

Publishing a FileMaker WebDirect solution

Sharing a FileMaker WebDirect solution

FileMaker WebDirect settings in Admin Console

Accessing a FileMaker WebDirect solution

Testing, monitoring, and securing a solution

Testing the look and functionality of your solution

Testing your database with a network connection

Testing your database without a network connection

Monitoring web activity with log files

Securing your data

Design considerations

Some aspects of FileMaker Pro solutions behave differently on the web. Consider the following information as you design your solution.

General considerations

Mobile browsers


Panel controls


Button bars

Web viewers

Borders and padding

Hidden conditions

Tab order

Multifile solutions

Multiple-machine deployments