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By Brendan McBride  Posted on  May 10th, 2016  in  Web, Claris FileMaker

FileMaker WebDirect Phone Support

FileMaker WebDirect Phone Compatible

WebDirect has been redesigned to be compatible with mobile phones. In the previous release, FileMaker added support for tablet browsers. FileMaker 15 takes it a step further by providing support for mobile phones. Although you could access WebDirect with a phone before, it was not officially supported, mainly due to dialogs being too small for user interaction. With this release, FileMaker really focused on ensuring that all dialog messages and drop downs are easier to use on smaller screens. This is great news for the FileMaker community as it allows us to build solutions for even more users.

Setting Up a FileMaker Application for Phones

In order to enable WebDirect, you will need FileMaker Server 15. Follow the steps on the FileMaker Knowledge Base to deploy WebDirect. Please also keep in mind the technical specifications required for FileMaker Server 15 and WebDirect. Once the database has been enabled, pull out your phone and go to https://<host>/fmi/webd, where <host> is the IP address or domain name of the FileMaker Server.

New to WebDirect in 15

Mobile compatibility was the main focus for WebDirect in FileMaker 15. Here are a few of the changes implemented to improve the mobile experience:

  • FileMaker 15 WebDirect Mobile SortRedesigned login screen to use field placeholders.
  • Redesigned Menubar drop down button.
  • Redesigned sort dialog flow.
  • Redesigned calendar drop down calendar to be larger.
  • Redesigned dialog fonts to be larger and to no longer be able to be resized.
  • Redesigned drop down and popup lists to use larger fonts.
  • Redesigned Custom Dialogs to fit to screen.
  • Rotation of device will not need to have visible dialogs redrawn.
  • Redesigned insert and export dialog screens to use larger buttons.


WebDirect is a great way to build a solution and have it instantly accessible on the web. With FileMaker 15, mobile phones are now supported. This allows you to give access to your database to virtually anyone. Need help with WebDirect? Contact us today and we'd be happy to help.

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Brendan McBride

Brendan is a certified FileMaker and web developer and is a very friendly, hard-working, and technically-astute engineer ready to solve any problem you throw at him. Brendan went to Purdue, receiving a Bachelors in Computer Science and minored in Economics.

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