FileMaker Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

FileMaker

Custom application development

4.4/5 (142 reviews)

FileMaker overview

What is FileMaker?

Claris FileMaker is a custom application development platform that allows businesses to create unique applications that can be deployed in the cloud or on-premise and optimized for mobile devices or desktops. It provides features such as scripts, triggers, and graphical design tools to help tailor applications to business needs. FileMaker offers built-in templates, a drag-and-drop interface, and custom design tools to help businesses create unique, branded applications for any need.

Applications can be created from scratch within FileMaker, or businesses can choose from a marketplace of pre-built templates and components, specially designed for specific markets and industries. Apps can be created for project management, invoicing, event planning, field research, supply management, and more. Other features of FileMaker include data import, summary reporting, code automation, script debugging, and more.

FileMaker can be used alongside Claris Connect to integrate finished applications with third party solutions such as Slack, Box, MailChimp, and more. It also offers a REST API to connect with other software, as well as native integrations with Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server.
www.filemaker.com

Pricing

Starting from
$19/month
Pricing options
Free trial
Subscription
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Devices

Business size

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Markets

United States, Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada and 9 other markets, China, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Mexico, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom

Supported languages

English, Dutch, French, German, Italian and 3 other languages, Japanese, Spanish, Swedish
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FileMaker reviews

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Glen Saville

Fabulously easy to use Database software

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-02-21
Review Source: Capterra

I use it to manage contacts and expenses and I have built the database that a photo library use to run their business every day! I cannot fault this software!

Pros
I first started using this years ago when I ran an art department for a publishers, and wanted something more robust than Excel to manage the data! I instantly fell in love with this humble but powerful software! Once you get past the "If Then" stuff it's a doddle to set up very complex seeming databases that analyse, your data and build reports for you!

Cons
If anything it's pretty minor they could use an idiots walk through to get you over the initial hurdles of understanding logic queries, but even without this, this software is so elegantly simple even a moron like me managed to get by!

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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allison carr

The only database you will EVER need

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-02-10
Review Source: Capterra

We use Filemaker for all of our database and customer relation needs. It is extremely easy to set up and teach users how to navigate. Much different software integrate very easily with Filemaker. Filemaker is a dream to work with. If you can imagine it you can create it with a FileMaker layout. You can even use it to set up your website. Users can also access your databases via a web interface with no need for a license. Another great feature is the mobile apps which run very smoothly.

Pros
Ease of Use Features Stability Updates Integrations

Cons
Licensing prices . Fees to obtain newer and better versions.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Darrel Rachow

FileMaker Rocks!

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-06-11
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
I had previously setup a student database in Microsoft Access and it was just way too difficult to understand for someone with very little programming experience. FileMaker was very easy to setup and was easy to import all my data from Access and setting things up was basically drag and drop things onto new layouts.

Cons
The help / manual included with the software leaves a lot to be desired, but the great thing about FileMaker is that the community both official and unofficial is extremely helpful plus lots of great resources on YouTube...many of the big developers for FileMaker offer FREE tutorials on YouTube for people who are complete beginners like I was

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Ramy kebbe

Decent for storing TV and Radio ads

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-08-13
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
The storage and the automatic saving feature - whenever you type into FM, it is automatically saved without you having to click any additional buttons.

Cons
Buggy at very random times - it will load and revert back to the original copy instead of the most up to date. Does not happen often at all, but when it does it's a setback.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Alison Wojahn

Overall ease of use if familiar with WYSIWYG programming, otherwise can be difficult to manipulate.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-10-11
Review Source: Capterra

We are able to build our IT assets database using this software. We are able to replicate our insurance claim form within it to pull information from our asset record and have another layout for the repairs. We are able to seamlessly find a record, make a new insurance repair record, click a button to email our insurance provider, print mailing and asset labels, and communicate back to the user with just three layouts including the labels. Our previous database, before being rebuilt was 53 layouts but was able to be streamlined to just the three using some slick little boxes that keep a record of repairs on a single device, and by using buttons. This makes filing insurance repair claims much quicker than filling out their excel and PDF forms by hand and also gives us a location to keep our own record.

Pros
I like the granularity of the software and the fact that it can be almost limitless in the possibilities. We use this software to keep our IT asset database, and when we lost the member of our team who managed our database to retirement, we found ourself in a quandary the first time it did not function as needed due to a change in our insurance company's requirements. I was able to figure out the software on my own and rebuild our database in simplified form within three weeks, and fully import all of our assets. Layouts are easily modifiable and integrate well into other applications, like mail. Scripts were easily definable through a little trial and error for this novice. Additionally, the fact that multiple people at our organization can be viewing a single record at once is quite helpful, even if only one can edit at a time, which is easily understandable. Overall, a solid product.

Cons
In terms of cons, Filemaker, while robust, is not very friendly for new users. It is easy to override data that is not locked, and when items are locked, they tend to not be able to function in scripts as well as unlocked data. Additionally, while the data in fields may be requisite for locking, with the chance of change being a rarity, it is not fragile enough to warrant it be locked and unlocked in layout every time. A protective middle-ground would be nice to be able to implement with the click of a button rather than having to write a script to go "Are you sure?". Additionally, my IT director of several years was unable to rebuild or modify our database without issue despite 16 years of IT experience and many more years than myself with FM. My background in WYSIWYG programs like Adobe GoLive prepared me for their natural, if sometimes clunky, nature. I wish the software was less clunky, and more user-friendly, because it would be great for general IT users.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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FileMaker pricing

Starting from
$19/month
Pricing options
Free trial
Subscription
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Claris FileMaker is available on a subscription basis and billed annually. There are two pricing plans available starting at $19/user/month.

FileMaker Essentials: $19/user/month for 5-10 users.
FileMaker Standard: $39/user/month for 5-99 users.

For more than 100 users, please contact Claris sales.

FileMaker features

API
Access Control
Applications Management
Custom Development
Customizable Branding
Customizable Templates
Permission Management
Role-Based Permissions
Third Party Integration

Activity Dashboard (25 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (26 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (40 other apps)
Commenting (18 other apps)
Data Import/Export (23 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (36 other apps)
Offline Access (16 other apps)
Real Time Notifications (19 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (23 other apps)
Search Functionality (16 other apps)
Workflow Management (26 other apps)

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Additional information for FileMaker

Key features of FileMaker

  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Mobile Development
  • Software Development
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