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FileMaker 19: Admin API

By June 4, 2020 No Comments

Claris has introduced FileMaker 19, which continues support for the FileMaker Server Admin API. It was originally released with FileMaker 17 as an expiring trial, with a final version released with version 18. We discussed that here when it was released.

Updated Admin API Tool

Fortunately, there are several available tools for working with the Admin API, including one that I make freely available to anyone who wants to use it. You can get the latest version of the Admin API Tool here.

While not much has changed in the Admin API from the previous version, the tool for working with it has improved. There is now full support for managing server-side schedules, which include Backup schedules, FileMaker Script schedules, and others. The other types of schedules include “message” and “verify” schedules types. These types of schedules are only available to configure via the Admin API.

Screenshot of managing server-side schedules

Working with REST APIs

Once again, this tool is meant to assist in learning how to work with the Admin API, specifically. More generally, this can be a good tool to introduce FileMaker developers to working with REST APIs. The layout has been designed to follow along with the API documentation, both in the order of appearance of functionality, as well as referencing the HTTP Verbs used with each action.

Buttons and their color scheme represent the action that they take. For example, a green “Get” button will perform a “GET” HTTP request, where an orange “Patch” button will submit data with a “PATCH” HTTP method. If you are following along with the documentation, these will make sense.

There are many other HTTP methods defined that are used when working with REST APIs. You can find more information about them here should you feel the need. Not all are used in the FileMaker Admin API, but the ones that should make sense and follow along with their standard usage.

If you are running FileMaker Server, the Admin API makes it easy to adjust configuration on your server, monitor server uptime, and usage, as well as create and run server-side scripts. Hopefully, you will find it as useful as we have. Note that if you are running FileMaker Cloud, most of the API calls are supported, and there are a few calls that are only supported in Cloud that are not part of this Admin API tool. See the Admin API Guide reference below for details.

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Mike Duncan

Mike Duncan

Mike is a Senior AWS Cloud Engineer and an AWS Certified Solutions Architect as well as a certified FileMaker Developer. In addition to his work, Mike also enjoys pursuing his art, freelance writing, traveling, and spending time with his family.

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