Authenticating users through Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)

By September 30, 2020 October 26th, 2020 No Comments

The release notes for FileMaker Pro 19.1.2 hint at a feature of the forthcoming FileMaker Server for Linux where it states:


  • Authentication via AD FS is supported only for apps hosted by FileMaker Server for Linux starting with version 19.1.2.
  • The FileMaker Server administrator needs to set additional options in Admin Console to authenticate users via an AD FS identity provider. See “External authentication for Linux” in the Knowledge Base.

The release notes are somewhat poorly worded in this respect, however. You can, in fact, already use AD FS to authenticate your users in your current deployments.

You can use the in-market version of FileMaker Cloud, which has supported AD FS since version 2.18.x. You can find those instructions in the Claris knowledge base.

And you can also use AD FS if you run your own FileMaker Server on-premise or in the cloud, provided that you have at least FileMaker Server 17.

AD FS turns your Active Directory into an OAuth Identity Provider, using the Open ID Connect mechanism, and that is something that FileMaker Server can use.

You can find more information about this in our blog post from early April 2020 and a full white paper on

As always, if you have any questions about this functionality or OAuth in general, post them here. Or find us on

Wim Decorte

Wim Decorte

Wim is Director, Claris Practice at Soliant. He is a FileMaker 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 Certified FileMaker Developer and the author of numerous Tech Briefs and articles on FileMaker Server. Wim is one of the very few multiple FileMaker Excellence Award winners and was most recently awarded the FileMaker Community Leader of the Year award at the 2015 FileMaker Developer Conference. He is also a frequent speaker at the FileMaker Developer Conference and at FileMaker Developer groups throughout the world. In addition to being a renowned expert on FileMaker Server, Wim also specializes in integrating FileMaker with other applications and systems. His pet project is the open source fmDotNet connector class that he created.

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