Crate Pro is a program written using  Claris FileMaker database software. Millions of people, from individuals to some of the world’s largest organizations, use the FileMaker Platform to streamline their business processes, manage essential information, and boost overall productivity.  FileMaker Inc is owned by Apple, Inc. and will operate on both the MAC and Windows platforms.

The Crate Pro database runs inside the FileMaker software. This is similar to using a spreadsheet file in Excel©. You can add formulas to an Excel spreadsheet then enter data and the formulas will calculate results. In this regard, your Crate Pro database is similar to a very complex spreadsheet. Your license purchase includes a full version of FileMaker software. Your Crate Pro database files must be installed on the same drive with either FileMaker Pro- Advanced (client software) or FileMaker Server depending on your chosen configuration. Crate Pro 6 and FileMaker is installed on your own hardware. It is not cloud based. 

1> Understanding Configuration Options: (Review this section to decide what configuration best fits your company needs prior to reviewing the license plans)

Stand-Alone: single computer installation. Crate Pro 6 is installed on a single computer. All users will log in on that computer. This installation can not be accessed remotely or from a shared drive.


Peer-to-Peer: If you're planning to access Crate Pro from five or fewer user computers, the Crate Pro database can be hosted and used from one of your licensed user computers.  The computer with the Crate Pro database files is called HOST. The remaining computers are called Clients. All computers must have FileMaker Pro installed to access Crate Pro 6.


Client-Server:  If you have six or more Clients, or are running virtual server, Citrix or RDS,  FileMaker Server is required. FileMaker Server is optional with five client computers.  An installation using FileMaker Server is highly recommended for speed, security, remote management for IT, automated backups and auto-restart after reboot.  Claris / FileMaker has a minimum of five (5) clients for client-server, effective May 1, 2018

FileMaker Server can be installed using a hosting services such as AWS, FMP Host, or other cloud hosting services that support FileMaker Server hosting,  However, a "cloud" service which combines the server and client software online, is not an option. Services such as Dropbox or a :shared: drive are not an option.

We are able to assist with a standard installation as explained in our solution articles, however, unique fees, settings and requirements of a hosting service are not supported by us. 

Please consult the installation guides provided on the FileMaker website prior to purchasing your software or consult with your IT person to ensure a successful installation.   (Full Documentation Links)

Note: Both peer=to-peer and client-server configurations support LAN, VPN and internet connectivity to your Crate Pro files stored on your Host or Server computer.  When connecting to your Crate Pro database from an external location, a static IP is preferred on your network to avoid the issue of your internet service provider changing the connection address. 

2> System Technical Requirements:  Ensure your current hardware and software meets requirements for installation. If you're not the installer please have them review these requirements. 

Effective September 2021 FileMaker Pro 19 is the client software. and FileMaker Server 18 or FileMaker Server 19 is required on the server for those companies wishing to operate in the Client-Server configuration. We do not support FileMaker GO and at this time, FileMaker Cloud 2.0 is not compatible but you may opt for a hosting company for FileMaker Server and install the client software on the local clients.**

FileMaker 19 System Requirements   Refer to FM PRO for clients and FM Server for server.

FileMaker Server 18   Also supported for client-server

Installing on RDS or Citrix Xen App:  

  • FileMaker Pro is installed on the virtual RDS or Citrix server, and FileMaker Server on the file server.    The required number of client (CAL) licenses required is based on the number of unique end user computers that will connect to Crate Pro through the virtual server. The number of FileMaker Pro installations on virtual servers may not be greater than the number of CAL purchased. (per terms of EULA)

 July 2020 Update -  Microsoft Win 10 S Mode . This operating system only allows you to download and install Microsoft Store applications. You will not be able to install Crate Pro, as well as any application that are not in the Microsoft Store)


Legacy Versions of FileMaker Software Compatibility

Crate Pro 6 releases and FileMaker Version Compatibility


** If using a hosting company for FileMaker Server, you will be responsible for any fees charged for hosting. Basic support is provided for this installation, check with the hosting company for any requirements or restrictions they may have before hosting.

3> Understanding Crate Pro License Configurations:

> Licenses are purchased. not leased. Companies have the opportunity to purchase only what they need to maximize their benefit for using Crate Pro while lowering their total costs. 

The Perpetual license offers the option to continue a low cost annual maintenance plan after 1 year. Continued maintenance is highly suggested but is not a requirement to run Crate Pro 6. Some features may require maintenance. Maintenance includes many benefits such as free online training and configuration sessions as well as updates and new versions to both Crate Pro 6 and FileMaker.

CLIENT LICENSE CONFIGURATION ( This is a 2-part license)

  • Part 1: The CAL, or computer access license, is required for each unique computer that will connect to your Crate Pro database. Each unique device, not user, consumes a license.
    • Each CAL includes a FileMaker Pro software installation required to access Crate Pro 6.
      • In Stand-Alone and Peer-to-Peer - a CAL is installed on the Host computer
      • A CAL is not installed on a computer running FileMaker Server
      • In a Citrix, RDS or virtual environment, the number of CAL required is based on the number of unique client end user computers or terminals that will connect through the virtual server(s) to Crate Pro 6 even if FileMaker Pro is not installed on the physical devices. In the case of multiple virtual servers, the number of CAL purchased must equal or be greater than the number of virtual servers.
      • Minimum one CAL required for a stand-alone configuration 

  • Part 2: The  DAL, or database access license, manages the concurrent  connections into the database
    • You may need fewer DAL than CAL, such as in the case of shift workers sharing a computer, or if a staff member has a desktop and a laptop which only one at a time is used to access Crate Pro 6. Companies have the flexibility to decide how many of each they want based on their needs and their budget. 
      • A minimum one required. Do not underestimate this number as it can cost you more to have to 'take turns' accessing Crate Pro than the cost of the license.

SERVER INSTALLATION: (When desired or the number of clients exceeds that that can be run on Peer-to-Peer)

 FileMaker Server runs using your computers services - It manages speed and access. Has auto-restart after reboot. Ability to set multiple backup routines and save files to a location of choice. Allows for remote access of the FileMaker Admin Console via any web browser without the need for FileMaker Pro to be installed.  Higher security for connections.  Recommended for 5+ CAL and is required for 6+ CAL connections, Citrix, RDS or terminal services.

  • In RDS, Citrix or if using terminal services - the client server need to be able to allow an installation of FileMaker PRO as an app if the server is installed with a server operating system.

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