Changing or adding a client license is simple in Crate Pro 6.  These instructions are only for client computers which are not hosting the Crate Pro files.


These instruction do NOT apply to changing /transferring  your Crate Pro files from the Host (peer-to-peer) or Server computer (client-server) to a new Host or Server.


Option 1: Use this if you have additional CAL available that has not been used to connect to Crate Pro

  • To see if this is your option open Crate Pro and go to Preferences > Licensing > Overview and check the total number of Client Access Licenses purchased. 
  • Go to Preferences > Licensing > Devices: The number of devices equals the number of used CAL. If there are less used CAL than you purchased do the following.
  • Install FileMaker Pro on the new computer, use your provided company FileMaker Pro license key. Open FileMaker and click on the HOSTS tab to locate the host or server. The hosted Crate Pro file should appear and can be selected. You may need to enter the IP or name of the server if not automatically found, or you'll need to enter the external IP of the router if your connection is from outside your network.


Option 2: You have connected clients to Crate Pro and do not have additional unused CAL licenses and/or you are retiring one client and want to transfer that CAL to a new client computer.


  • To see if this is your option open Crate Pro and go to Preferences > Licensing > Overview and check the total number of Client Access Licenses purchased. 
  • Go to Preferences > Licensing > Devices: The number of devices equals the number of used CAL. 
  • You can purchase additional CAL for the new computer (this does not increase your concurrent connections DAL)
  • Or to transfer the client license: Open Crate Pro from a licensed computer that is not the computer being removed from the system.
  • Go to Preferences > Licensing > Devices select to delete the old computer from the list by clicking on the red X at the end of the line item for the computer being removed. This opens a spot for a new computer. (!!! In peer-to-peer the first device is the Host computer and can not be deleted. It manages your database files)
  • Install FileMaker Pro on the new computer, click on the HOSTS tab to locate the host or server. The hosted Crate Pro file should appear and can be selected. You may need to enter the IP or name of the server if not automatically found, or you'll need to enter the external IP of the router if your connection is from outside your network.
  • Delete FileMaker Pro from the old computer to avoid a license conflict