Using OAuth2 Providers to Log Into Your FileMaker Apps

By October 10, 2019 October 11th, 2019 No Comments

Ever since FileMaker 16 we have been able to use three OAuth Providers to authenticate users: Microsoft Azure AD, Google, and Amazon.

Steven Blackwell and I have just released a white paper that describes how to use even more OAuth providers. We have thoroughly documented the process to make this work, with the help of Claris staff, and it works with FileMaker Server 17 and 18, in all products: FileMaker Pro, Go, and WebDirect.

We have tested with Ping, Okta, Auth0, OneLogin and MiniOrange. We are confident that given the few constraints that we outline in the white paper; you can make use of pretty much any OAuth provider that you want to work with.

All of the providers we have tested support group-based authentication (like Microsoft Azure AD does) so you do not have to create individual accounts in your FileMaker files.

Here are some WebDirect screenshots of two of our servers:

Screenshot of login that allows user to sign in with the Auth0 or Okta OAuth providers

Figure 1. Sign in using the Auth0 or Okta OAuth providers

Screenshot of the login that allows user to sign in with the Mini Orange OAuth provider

Figure 2. Sign into server with the MiniOrange OAuth provider


OAuth2 White Paper

Get the white paper co-authored with Steven H. Blackwell.

FileMaker DevCon 2017 Presentation

For the existing features to use Microsoft Azure AD, Google and Amazon accounts as your OAuth provider, watch my 2017 DevCon presentation and the extensive walk-through that accompanied it.

Reach out to us or leave a comment below when you have questions about using OAuth providers in your solutions and we will be happy to help.

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, 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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