FileMaker Server 17 – Help with the Helper Tools

By May 29, 2018 May 8th, 2019 No Comments

Moving forward with FileMaker 17, the FileMaker Server Command Line Interface (CLI) will play a more prominent role in how we interact with our server. You can only access some settings no longer available through the Admin Console  through the CLI or the new Admin API. (Learn more in the tech briefs here.)

Helper Tools in the New Admin API

We are already exploring plenty of new helper tools to take advantage of the new Admin API and create nice-looking user interfaces to augment the standard Admin Console. You can even expose settings and configuration options that may seem a little hidden.

In a pinch though, when you are logged into the FileMaker Server machine and need to check or set some of the options, know that the CLI has a pretty decent built-in help.

To get a list of all the available commands for instance type in the folllowing as shown in Figure 1:

Note that all of these commands are the same on Windows as on macOS.)

Figure 1 - Type "fmsadmin help commands" to get list of available commands

Figure 1 – Get a list of the available commands

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This will give you all of the commands available as shown in Figure 2:
Figure 2 - List of available commands

Figure 2 – List of available commands

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To get more help on any of these commands, type in the following:
fmsadmin help <the command you are after>
As an example, let’s look at the new GET command. This command allows us to see many of the current FileMaker Server settings, including default settings (see Figure 3).
Figure 3 - The new GET command

Figure 3 – The new GET command

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Figure 4 shows what this will get us:
Figure 4 - List of current FileMaker setting, including default settings

Figure 4 – Current FIleMaker settings, including default setting (click image to enlarge)

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Based on what we see in this help section, we can now issue this command as shown in Figure 5:
Figure 5 - Type in the serverconfig command

Figure 5 – Using the ‘serverconfig’ command

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This allows us to see the settings in the ‘serverconfig’ area as shown in Figure 6:
Figure 6 - Settings shown in the 'serverconfig' area

Figure 6 – Settings shown in the ‘serverconfig’ area

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Get Comfortable with the FileMaker 17 CLI with Helper Tools

If you are unfamiliar with the CLI, then hopefully these help options will allow you to quickly find what you need.

Leveraging New Features in FileMaker 17

As always, post your questions to the FileMaker Community Forum. My team and I are can lend a helping hand.

If you have any questions about how to benefit from other new features in FileMaker 17, please contact our team. We’re happy to help your team determine the best way to leverage new functionality for your FileMaker solution.

Wim Decorte

Wim Decorte

Wim is a Senior Technical Solution Architect at Soliant. He is a FileMaker 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 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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