FileMaker Pro

FileMaker Pro is simply powerful software used to create custom apps and databases that work seamlessly across iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac, and the web.

Easily build your own custom app to meet the unique – and changing – needs of your business processes. Or, for inspiration, explore the built-in Starter Solutions for managing contacts, inventory, content, and more.

Start Quickly
Choose from a variety of professionally designed Starter Solutions to manage contacts, inventory, projects, invoices, assets, and more.

Import Existing Data
Bring your existing data into FileMaker Pro, including .CSV, Tab, XML, ODBC, and Microsoft Excel files.

Customize With Ease
Use flexible design tools to make your layouts look and work just the way you want — without extensive development experience or IT skills.

Get Built-in Reporting Tools
Easy-to-use reporting and charting tools make it easy to make summary reports, colorful charts, and executive dashboards with a few clicks. Save your information in popular Excel and PDF formats.

Share with your team 
Create custom apps that work together seamlessly across iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac, and the web.  

Accessing FileMaker Pro

ITS is now offering FREE FileMaker Pro 16 licenses for UTHSC-owned computers. Security and Compliance requirements require all FileMaker Pro databases be upgraded to the current version of the software to have access to the latest FMP features, while maintaining the highest level of data security.

Complete a FileMaker Pro Request form to get started. UTHSC's volume licensing agreement requires that the application only be installed on UTHSC-owned computers.

FileMaker Pro Training

Training for FileMaker Pro is available upon request. The ITS SysDev offers face-to-face group sessions, one-on-one sessions, and self-paced online training options. Contact Application Support to request and schedule training.

Do I need a spreadsheet or a FileMaker Pro database?

While both spreadsheets and databases handle and manipulate data, there are times when one works better than the other. Below are guidelines for determining which best meets your need:

 fmp vs excel

Sometimes you need an expert ...

If your data management needs are more complicated than what you are able to develop OR maintain on your own (i.e. lots of data, need for a web interface, lack of expertise, etc.), then please submit an ITS Project Request and let our IT Analysts develop and build a custom database application for you. This solution will take more time than going the DIY route, but you will be guaranteed a solution that is tailored to your needs, as well as expertly maintained and supported throughout its lifecycle.

Contact IT if...
• Your data is sensitive or contains HIPAA, FERPA, PHI, or PII
• You require data from another application, such as Banner or IRIS
• You would like to send data to another application, such as Banner or IRIS
• Your database is complex or requires extensive reporting
• Your data needs to be viewed or shared by someone outside your department or by more than 15 individuals
• You want a web front-end for data entry or reporting
• You are looking for a long-term, supported solution

System Requirements

System Requirements for FileMaker Pro 16

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where should I store information in FileMaker Pro, if I have sensitive data, such as patient information, student information, employee information, or SSNs in my database?

Move your database to our FileMaker Pro Server, which is housed in the UTHSC Data Center. The Data Center is physically secured, with limited access. The databases on the FileMaker Pro server are also very secure, as logins, using your NetID/password through our CAS authentication, are required to provide an additional level of data security. Encryption is also available and transparent to the users. To learn more about the advantages, visit our printable FileMaker Pro Overview.

How do I get started? Complete the FileMaker Pro Request

What if my FileMaker Pro database is not backed up on a consistent basis?

Move your database to our FileMaker Pro Server, which is housed in the UTHSC Data Center. ITS performs nightly backups to protect the data in the event it is compromised, lost or corrupted. To learn more about the advantages, visit our printable FileMaker Pro Overview.

How do I get started? Complete the FileMaker Pro Request.

What if we aren’t on the latest version of FileMaker Pro?

ITS is now offering FREE FileMaker Pro 16 licenses for UTHSC-owned computers. ITS requires that all FileMaker Pro clients/desktops be upgraded to the current version of the software to have access to the latest FMP features, while maintaining the highest level of data security.

Move your database to our FileMaker Pro Server, which is housed in the UTHSC Data Center. ITS takes the responsibility of upgrading the server each time an upgrade is released. We will also inform you when a desktop/client upgrade is available for installation. To learn more about the advantages, visit our printable FileMaker Pro Overview.

How do I get started? Complete the FileMaker Pro Request.

When does support stop on my current FileMaker Pro version? Visit the official FileMaker website for version End of Life (EOL) information.

Upgrade to the current version of the software to have access to the latest FMP features, while maintaining the highest level of data security.

How do I get started? Complete the FileMaker Pro Request.

Advantages of moving to the FileMaker Pro Server

  • Central location in our UTHSC Data Center
  • ITS performs nightly backups of your data.
  • Your data is more secure:
  • Physically secured in the data center
  • Requires a logon using your NetID/password through our CAS authentication
  • Databases can be encrypted to provide an additional level of data security.
  • ITS keeps your FMP version current by performing all software upgrades.
  • Keep UTHSC safe.
  • Reduce the risk of inappropriate data disclosures.

To learn more about the advantages, visit our printable FileMaker Pro Overview.

How do I migrate my FileMaker Pro database to the Server?

Complete the FileMaker Pro Request and ITS will:

  • Send Customer Technology Support to upgrade the software and database to the current version.
  • Connect you with the FileMaker Pro Server administrator to migrate your database to the UTHSC FileMaker Pro Server. All you need to provide is the user names and permissions.

UTHSC FileMaker Pro Contacts

Tonya Brown
Phone: (901) 448-5902
Email: appsupport@uthsc.edu

FileMaker Pro Overview