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What Is Claris FileMaker?

Claris FileMaker offers unmatched power to build, customize, and scale solutions for your business’ process challenges. Use FileMaker’s low-code platform for rapid app development. Customize user-friendly solutions to improve operations, connect teams, and simplify projects. FileMaker integrates with other platforms to unleash innovation and eliminate barriers to business growth. Get a 45-day free trial today.

Who Uses Claris FileMaker?

Used by more than a million problem solvers from small businesses to 50,000+ of the world’s greatest companies in all types of industries. Anyone can make a custom app unique to their business.

Claris FileMaker Software - Use the Claris FileMaker low code platform to create custom apps for your business that meet your specific needs that can run on any platform or device.
Claris FileMaker Software - Create custom apps to manage any type of business problem uisng the leading low-code platform.

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Reviews of Claris FileMaker

Average score

Overall
4.3
Ease of Use
4.1
Customer Service
3.9
Features
4.3
Value for Money
4.0

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Ben
Ben
Owner in UK
Verified LinkedIn User
Publishing, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

So many missed opportunities

5.0 last year

Comments: I love FileMaker as my primary CRM but the lack of integration with iCloud et al means that it cannot serve as a core part of my workflow. Right now, I'm obliged to keep my personal and business life separate which might seem fine on the surface but I would like to take advantage of Filemaker for personal projects too, which is hard right now.

Pros:

Claris Filemaker is overall excellent for creating custom databases. It offers a user-friendly interface and a wide range of features that make it easy to design and manage databases. If you know how to use iTunes, you know how to use Filemaker. It's got power and simplicity.

Cons:

What frustrates me about FileMaker - as a freelancer - is the lack of out-of-the-box integration with Google, CardDav and CalDav servers, and - unforgivably - iCloud (considering that Claris is owned by Apple.

allison
consultant in US
Government Administration, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

The only database you will EVER need

5.0 4 years ago

Comments: 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.

Paolo
Director of Operations in US
Education Management, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

Filemaker Cloud: too little, too late, too messy

1.0 3 years ago

Comments: The experience started badly, with migration issues, and soon became a nightmare, when their reps stopped responding completely while we were trying to renew the software. The company was not accepting our form of payment, and we kept receiving automated mails threatening to curtail the service. Support on the phone told us to disregard these mails, and, lo and behold, the service was in fact terminated in spite of our months of trying to pay them. The day when we can migrate our databases somewhere else cannot come soon enough.

Pros:

We inherited a critical database in Filemaker workstation format, we needed to move to a cloud-based solution, so Filemaker Cloud looked like the obvious choice.

Cons:

In reality, our purported migration never worked well. Some features simply stopped working after Filemaker "upgraded" the cloud version. Support was completely unable to help. What it worse we found the cloud software laggy, and underperforming, slowing what was the usual workstation workflow.

Claris Response

3 years ago

Hi Paolo, we appreciate your feedback on FileMaker Cloud. Our customers are extremely important to us. If you're open to discussing further, please reach out to our customer success team at [email protected].

Henrik
Henrik
Support technician in Sweden
Verified LinkedIn User
Marketing & Advertising, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Super easy application development

4.0 last year

Comments: I've been using FileMaker for 25 years and it's a tool that just keeps on giving.

Pros:

File Maker is super easy to set up and super easy to become proficient in. It's super reliable to use a tool that's 30 years old, and still getting powerful additions regularly.

Cons:

FileMaker is an oddball in the database field, and it can be hard to find best practices and tutorials for FileMaker.

Glen
Glen
Freelance Graphic Designer in UK
Verified LinkedIn User
Graphic Design, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Fabulously easy to use Database software

5.0 4 years ago

Comments: 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!