Filemaker JDBC Driver from DbSchema

About JDBC Drivers

JDBC drivers are Java library files with the extension .jar used by all Java applications to connect to the database. Usually they are provided by the same company which implemented the Filemaker software. DbSchema installation kit already include an Filemaker driver.

Each JDBC driver is using a specific URL. The URL is a string passed to the driver, formatted in a way which is decided by the team who bild the driver, and which usually includes information about the database host, port and database name.

Driver Information

  • Required File(s): fmjdbc.jar
  • Java Driver Class: com.filemakter.jdbc.Driver
  • URL: jdbc:filemaker://{HOST}:2399/{DB}
  • Website: Filemaker

Alternative to installing DbSchema you may download the Filemaker driver using this link. The driver files are compressed in a zip file.

Please write us for any question or issue with the driver.

Connect to Filemaker

To get started with Filemaker, you can register for a trial on There download and install the Filemaker Pro. After starting the application, you can choose for a starter solution. Go for the 'Tasks' solution first.

To make the database avalable for outside connections you should:

  • Set a connection for the 'admin' user. For this go in the File menu Manage / Security

  • Enable JDBC Sharing:

Filemaker Known Issues

We couldn't find a way to reverse engineer foreign keys from Filemaker. Neither the driver DatabaseMetaData.getImportedKeys() or getExportedKeys() nor any system table, function or view does not list them. If you find a way to list them please let us know. It is also usefull for us if you write to Filemaker support about this, maybe after few issues they will consider implementing a way to list them.

Download Filemaker JDBC Driver

Free download and install DbSchema to get the JDBC driver and test connectivity to Filemaker.

  1. Download and install DbSchema.
  2. Start DbSchema and choose 'Reverse engineer the schema from database'. This will pop-up the database connection dialog.
  3. Try to connect to the database.
  4. The JDBC driver can be found in the home directory '.DbSchema/drivers' or in the DbSchema installation 'drivers' folder.
  5. The connection URI can be found in the connection dialog 'Advanced' tab.

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Connect to Filemaker from DbSchema

Start DbSchema, choose 'Connect to database' and in the connection dialog choose 'Filemaker' from the database combo. There you can upload the JDBC driver. For a limited list of databases the drivers are already included.

Next step is to fill in the connection dialog the database host, port, username and password.

  • The host is the name or the IP address of the machine where the database is running. If the database is running on the same machine as DbSchema, this will be localhost.
  • The port is a number, a kind of 'door' where the database listen for requests. This has a default value which DbSchema will set for you. If the database administrator choose a different port, you may have to enter the correct value
  • Database username is the user to login into the database. DbSchema may enter by default the most user for each database. If this is not correct, check the database documentation for this. Usually during Filemaker installation you are informed about the username.
  • Database password for the database user, is set inside the database.
DbSchema will replace this values in the JDBC URL string, will send this to server and try to connect.

Connect to Filemaker using DbSchema database tool

Connectivity Troubleshooting

If you get problems connecting to database, please remember :
  • Enable Remote connections as they not always enabled by default. This may require configuration changes.
  • Make sure the host is reachable. From the connection dialog you can ping the database host ensure the configured port is reachable.
  • Windows Firewall may block the communication. You may need to reconfigure or disable it.
  • Check the driver version is compatible with the database software. It may be that DbSchema provided JDBC driver is not the latest version. Please inform us in this case.
Learn more about how to connect to database from the DbSchema help.

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