Recommended System Specifications


  • 10.10 or greater for Mac
  • Windows 8 SP1 or greater
  • Windows Home is not supported
  • See this link for minimum OS specs
  • Newer high-end processor  (i5 – i7)
  • 4 or more gig or RAM
  • Wired Ethernet if possible
  • At least 10 gb of hard drive space.
  • Java 8 update 73 or greater installed, and, on mac only, also Java 6
  • Computer sleeping may disconnect Studio Suite, test and adjust as needed.
  • IE 11+ /Safari 9+ for WebDirect Funcionality
  • *Mac version not compatible with QuickBooks Online


  • 10.9 or greater for Mac
  • Windows server 2008 R2 SP1 or greater
  • See this link for minimum OS specs
  • Recommended: use a dedicated server, not virtual. (If there are issues, FileMaker Inc. will not support a server that is multi-tasked, as the problem may be with other software or processes.)
  • Newer high-end 4+ core processor  (i7 or greater)
  • 16 gig of RAM
  • SSD (Solid State Drive) for hosted files.
  • Secondary drive for FileMaker Server generated backups
  • Optional: use OS tools (cron or Time Machine) to copy FMS backups to 3rd drive (or offsite)
  • Do not use backup tools to copy or backup the ‘live’ hosted files. Only copy or backup the FMS generated backups
  • Turn off indexing on hosted files
  • Turn off “sleeping” of hard drive and processor
  • Use a UPS (Un-interruptible Power Supply)
  • Java 1.8.0_111 or greater installed
  • Wired Ethernet (not wireless)
  • IE 11+ /Safari 9+
  • At least 10% of hard drive space available


  • Wired Gigabit Ethernet
  • Avoid wireless network where possible
  • Do not have any “hubs” on the network, only switches.
  • Clients on same subnet if possible