Everything You Need to Know About FileMaker Server on Windows 11

Hey Dev, are you ready to take your FileMaker Server experience to the next level? If you’re using Windows 11, you’re in luck. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll take you through everything you need to know about running FileMaker Server on this latest operating system. From installation to configuration to troubleshooting, we’ve got you covered. Let’s dive in!


The first step to getting started with FileMaker Server on Windows 11 is the installation process. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Download the Installation File

The first thing you need to do is download the latest version of FileMaker Server for Windows. You can find this on the FileMaker website or through your FileMaker reseller. Make sure you choose the correct version for your operating system.

Step 2: Run the Installation Wizard

Once you have the installation file downloaded, double-click it to launch the installation wizard. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.

Step 3: Configure FileMaker Server

After installation completes, you’ll need to configure FileMaker Server. This includes setting up your server, creating file paths, and enabling SSL encryption.

Step 4: Start FileMaker Server

Once the configuration is complete, start up FileMaker Server and you’re ready to begin using it!


Now that you have FileMaker Server installed on Windows 11, it’s time to configure it to meet your specific needs. Here are some key settings to consider:

File Paths

Before you can host any FileMaker databases, you need to set up file paths for your databases, backups, and logs. You can do this in the Admin Console under the “Database Server” section.

SSL Encryption

If you’re hosting sensitive information, it’s highly recommended that you enable SSL encryption. You can do this under the “Secure Communications” section of the Admin Console. Make sure to obtain a SSL certificate from a trusted certificate authority.


You can set up user accounts and groups in the Admin Console under the “Security” section. This allows you to control who has access to your FileMaker databases.


If you need to use plugins with FileMaker Server, you can configure this under the “Plugins” section of the Admin Console. Make sure to only enable plugins from trusted sources.


It’s critical to set up regular database backups to ensure your data is safe in case of an outage. You can configure backups under the “Database Server” section of the Admin Console.


Can I run FileMaker Server on Windows 11 Home?
No, FileMaker Server requires Windows 11 Professional or Enterprise.
Do I need to purchase a separate license for FileMaker Server on Windows 11?
Yes, you’ll need to purchase a license for FileMaker Server to use it on Windows 11.
What are the system requirements for FileMaker Server on Windows 11?
You’ll need a Windows 11 Professional or Enterprise machine with at least 2GB of RAM and 80GB of hard drive space.
What port does FileMaker Server use?
By default, FileMaker Server uses port 5003 for client connections, and port 16000 for admin console connections.
Can I use FileMaker Pro to connect to FileMaker Server on Windows 11?
Yes, you can use FileMaker Pro to connect to any FileMaker Server installation.
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Even with the best configuration and setup, sometimes things can go wrong with FileMaker Server on Windows 11. Here are some common issues and their solutions:

FileMaker Server Won’t Start

If FileMaker Server won’t start, check to make sure that all required services are running. You can check this in the Windows Services management console. If a service is stopped, try starting it manually.

FileMaker Server is Running Slowly

If FileMaker Server is running slowly, check to make sure you have enough system resources available. You may also want to consider optimizing your databases or upgrading your hardware.

Clients Can’t Connect to FileMaker Server

If clients can’t connect to FileMaker Server, make sure that the correct ports are open in your firewall. You may also want to check your network configuration and make sure your clients are using the correct IP address and port number.

FileMaker Server is Generating Errors

If FileMaker Server is generating errors, check the logs in the Admin Console to see what’s causing the issue. You may also want to try restarting the server or reinstalling FileMaker Server.

That’s it, Dev! You’re now an expert on running FileMaker Server on Windows 11. With the right installation and configuration, you can enjoy all the benefits of this powerful server platform. If you have any further questions or issues, don’t hesitate to consult the FileMaker support resources or reach out to a FileMaker expert for help.