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SimpleFM v3

FileMaker-PHP Integration

SimpleFM is a fast, convenient and free tool to facilitate connections between PHP web applications and FileMaker Server.

Designed by Soliant Consulting, Inc., SimpleFM is a lightweight PHP package that uses the FileMaker Server XML API (commonly referred to as Custom Web Publishing or CWP for short).

SimpleFM is Composer friendly, making it a snap to use with all PHP-FIG frameworks, including Zend Framework, Symphony, Laravel, Slim, and many more.

See also the SimpleFM FMServer Sample demo application which illustrates use of SimpleFM in an MVC Zend Framework application.


Easy to Integrate

  • PSR-0 autoloading (Composer ready).
  • Returns a PHP array. The result parser inside SoliantSimpleFMAdapter uses PHP5’s SimpleXML.
  • Can be used on it’s own or with any service or middleware, such as Apigility or Stratigility.

CWP Debugger

  • Easily see the underlying API command formatted as a URL for easy troubleshooting.
  • Use the convenient errorToEnglish function to interpret FMS error codes.

Optional Zend Framework 2 Integration

  • The SoliantSimpleFMZF2 package provides excellent integration with Zend Framework.
  • Full ZendAuthenticationAdapter implementation for robust authentication and session management.
  • The included AbstractEntity makes it simple to implement Object serialization and de-serialization.
  • The included AbstractGateway provides a foundation for completely encapsulating the FileMaker XML API.

Simplicity and Performance

SimpleFM, as the name implies, was written with simplicity and performance as its guiding principles. We have informally benchmarked it and obtained faster results for the same queries compared to the two most common CWP PHP alternatives.

System Requirements

SimpleFM, the examples and this documentation are tailored for PHP 5.3 and FileMaker Sever 12.

  • PHP 5.5+
  • FileMaker Server 12+

With minimum effort, SimpleFM should theoretically work with any version of FileMaker server that uses fmresultset.xml grammar, however, backward compatibility is not verified or maintained.


SimpleFM is free for commercial and non-commercial use, licensed under the business-friendly standard MIT license.

Custom FileMaker PHP Integrated Solutions

If you’re looking for a unique FileMaker-PHP integration that goes beyond SimpleFM’s capabilities, contact our team today.

We’ve built many unique FileMaker solutions with PHP components for clients over the years and may be able to help you develop the unique solution you need.