FileMaker Legacy Licenses vs. FileMaker License for Teams

Modified on May 18, 2018.

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Let’s Compare FileMaker Legacy Licenses to FileMaker License for Teams

FileMaker Legacy Licenses and FileMaker License for Teams both come with a combination of FileMaker Server and FileMaker client software but differ in how they work offline and how they count user connections.

FileMaker Legacy License

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A FileMaker Legacy License uses Concurrent Connections. Concurrent Connections = each connection to FileMaker Server not including connections made from FileMaker client, i.e. users connecting to FileMaker Server through a web browser using FileMaker WebDirect, or through FileMaker Go on the iPad or iPhone.

For example, if you have a 5 user license and have 5 users connected to FileMaker Server using FileMaker client and throughout the day 2 of them also connect to FileMaker Server using FileMaker WebDirect while 3 also connect using FM Go on their iPhones, that’s a total of 5 concurrent connections. The 5 FileMaker client connections are not counted; the 2 FileMaker WebDirect + 3 FileMaker Go = 5 concurrent connections.

If all 5 users connect to FileMaker Server using FileMaker client and simultaneously connect using FileMaker WebDirect and FileMaker Go, that’s 10 concurrent connections; 5 FileMaker WebDirect + 5 FileMaker Go = 10 concurrent connections.

A single user simultaneously connected to FileMaker Server with FileMaker client, FileMaker WebDirect and FileMaker Go on their iPad and FileMaker Go on their iPhone = 3 concurrent connections.

FileMaker client use is not counted against the number of concurrent connections.

FileMaker License for Teams

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FileMaker License for Teams comes with a special version of FileMaker Server called “FileMaker Server for Teams” and special version of FileMaker client called “FileMaker Pro (for User Connections)”.

FileMaker License for Teams uses User Connections. User Connections allow clients — including FileMaker Pro (for User Connections), FileMaker Go, and FileMaker WebDirect — to connect to FileMaker Server for Teams. Each user may connect to FileMaker Server for Teams with only one client at a time.

In the case of FileMaker WebDirect, each web browser tab open and connected to FileMaker Server for Teams counts as a separate client.

This means a user simultaneously connected to FileMaker Server for Teams with both FileMaker Pro (for User Connections) and FileMaker WebDirect and FileMaker Go on their iPad = 3 connections.

A user simultaneously connected to FileMaker Server for Teams with FileMaker Pro (for User Connections), FileMaker WebDirect and FileMaker Go on their iPad and FileMaker Go on their iPhone = 4 connections.

FileMaker Pro (for User Connections) use is counted against the number of concurrent connections.

A single user connected to FileMaker Server for Teams with FileMaker WebDirect with two browser tabs open = 2 connections.

FileMaker Pro (for User Connections) will stop working after 15 minutes if you don’t connect to FileMaker Server for Teams. This means you can simultaneously be logged into databases hosted remotely and local databases but if you aren’t also logged into a database hosted on FileMaker Server for Teams FileMaker Pro (for User Connections) will close after 15 minutes. This means you can not use FileMaker Pro (for User Connections) offline (i.e. when not also connected to a database hosted on FileMaker Server for Teams).