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Installation of FileMaker Server on Linux CentOS 7

Today Claris International Inc. released the FileMaker Server in version 19.1.2: Announcement, Release Notes. This includes an rpm package for Linux!If you have a license, just go to your electronic product delivery page and download the new version.Linux for FileMaker has a few years of history. After Claris told us years ago to prepare a plugin for Linux, it still took a while till 2016 to get a plugin SDK. In the fall of that year, we shipped version 6.5 of MBS FileMaker Plugin including 64-bit Linux support to be used with the FileMaker Cloud servers at that time. We kept updating our plugin for Linux, adding more Linux features over time, and currently have over 2900 of our 6300 functions available on Linux.

Claris got plenty of requests over the years to make the Linux server available stand alone. And in Hamburg at the FileMaker Konferenz in 2019, we had discussions with Claris staff about that and they let us know they are working on such an offering. As usual, no time is given. But FileMaker Server 19 was released with a Linux developer preview, so everyone with a license could test it. Over the months Claris made great progress and simplified the installation, improved the Admin Console, and added a few Linux-specific features. Today is finally the release date and we congratulate Claris to this new version. The Linux servers will quickly take over the world!

MBS FileMaker Plugin 10.x works fine on the Linux servers and we recommend using recent versions to avoid running into fixed bugs.

Yesterday I installed yet another Linux server and made screenshots for you.
Your language may vary on the dialogs, but the buttons should be in the same place.

New VM in VMWare and I drop the CentOS 7 iso on it:


now I confirm it’s CentOS 7 64-bit:


I uncheck easy installation and continue:


Not sure what BIOS, so I keep default:


Now I click done button:


Or you click customize button there in the middle and change CPU, RAM or disk space.

Now we boot it and press return for first menu entry:


may take a while:


welcome and pick a language:


this screen take a few seconds till all options are initialized automatically. We click the software button on the right to choose:


and here we pick server with GUI as I like to have a desktop on a VM:


and I pick the disk as destination:


and I enable the ethernet connection for VMware with the on/off toggle on the right:


we are online:


all set, so click install button:




now I can set passwords for root and create a user:


User setup done:


you see the message it’s installing in the bottom?


Done. So press the restart button on the bottom right:


somewhere we have to agree to license agreement:


the little checkbox on the bottom:


now click the button on the bottom right to quit configuration


Now login first time:


with my secret password


Let’s pick a language again


and a keyboard:


we turn off location as it doesn’t make sense for a VM:


Now we can click the skip button on the top right:


Setup done :slight_smile:


This is a desktop. We downloaded FileMaker Server zip


unpacked and not going to Terminal, You can open a terminal with a contextual menu. Just click on the desktop with the right mouse button and pick terminal from the menu. We cd in the folder and list files:


We run the sudo yum install command:


May ask for a password and then may wait for lock-on package database. This is blocked as long as some other background service looks to update packages.


Installation runs


Do I want to install it? Yes, please.


It asks to pick a GPG key:


Installing packages:


Agree to FileMaker license:


and 0 for a normal server:


Next user name and password:


and a PIN:


Installation runs:


Waits for connection:


and done.


We can restart the server. Then double click the icon on the desktop to go to admin console.


We enter our secret admin/admin password:


Check the SSL certificate to use:


For a throw-away test server this is fine:


and done!


Now you can enable plugins in the connectors settings tab and copy the MBS plugin in the right folder or use the script-based installation.







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