What is meant by a host?

A host is a computer that shares arbitrary data with other devices (clients) in a network and thus makes it available for processing. In the FileMaker environment, a host is in most cases a FileMaker Server that shares FileMaker databases with other users on the network. In smaller environments, this can also be FileMaker Pro, which can share databases with up to four other users on the network. Also in other network environments the server is called a host.

Open FileMaker databases from a host

In FileMaker Pro, databases can be opened directly from a host. To do this, select the [Hosts] tab at the top of the FileMaker Start Center (menu bar: Open Remote). In the left column, all hosts of FileMaker databases accessible in your network are displayed. If you select a host in the left column, the right column displays all databases made available by the selected host.

Accessing a FileMaker Host

A FileMaker host can be accessed with FileMaker Pro for macOS and Windows with FileMaker Go for iOS, as well as web browsers and WebDirect. FileMaker Runtime solutions cannot access a FileMaker Host. With FileMaker Pro 16 it is no longer possible to access data from FileMaker Server 12 or 13.

FileMaker Hosting on LAN and Internet

FileMaker databases can be shared on a local area network (LAN) or the Internet. With the latter option, the FileMaker Server must be accessible via the internet. The access speed of the database then depends on the bandwidth available to the server and the accessing client.

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Markus Schall
Development of FileMaker databases since 1994, modification and extension of FileMaker solutions, conversion of FileMaker databases from .fm, .fp3, .fp5 (FileMaker 2-6) or .fp7 (FileMaker 7-11) to .fmp12 (FileMaker 12-17), interfaces to third-party systems such as online shops, CMS or other databases. Development of individual FileMaker database systems based on the gFM business framework with personal advice from Oldenburg. Operator of the online specialist portal, developer of the CRM and merchandise management system gFM-Business. Member of FileMaker Business Alliance, FileMaker Developers Subscription and FMM Expert. Winner of an FMM Award 2011, awarded by the FileMaker Magazine.