Properly setting up and utilizing fmFlare should be straightforward for an intermediate FileMaker developer, but despite our best attempts to keep things as simple as possible, installation, setup and integration can still be complex.
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Please make sure your systems and solution meet the system requirements before proceeding.
fmFlare is distributed as two FileMaker database files:
LuminFire_fmFlare.fmp12(locked file containing actual fmFlare code)
LuminFire_fmFlare_Examples.fmp12(unlocked example file used for testing)
We recommend that
LuminFire_fmFlare.fmp12 be installed alongside your parent solution (e.g.
MySolution.fmp12) on the same FileMaker server. While not as important, we also recommend that the Examples file be installed in the same location for convenience.
- Download the fmFlare FileMaker files from your fmFlare account’s Purchase History.
- Open FileMaker Advanced to upload the files to your FileMaker server.
- If you are uploading the Examples file, you will need to add a password to the Admin account (or delete it and create your own), and optionally add Encryption at Rest (since you will be adding sensitive credentials).
- In FileMaker Advanced, choose File > Sharing > Upload to Host…
- Select your server and authenticate.
- Add the fmFlare files, select / confirm a destination folder, and click Upload.
- From your parent solution (e.g. MySolution.fmp12), go to File > Manage > External Data Sources…
- Click the New… button and add an External Data Source of Type “FileMaker”.
- Enter “fmFlare” for the Name.
- Click on Add File…, then Hosts and select
LuminFire_fmFlare.fmp12from your server.
- The data source will now appear in the Manage External Data Sources window:
- Click OK to close.
Note that the fmFlare Examples file uses a global variable (based on a field on the Home layout) to link to fmFlare.