Crate Pro 6 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 for each client and is managed separately from the Crate Pro software. To keep pricing as low as possible, the Crate Pro and FileMaker are a "bundled" solution and one can not be purchased without the other.

Crate Pro 6 and FileMaker is installed on your own hardware. It is not cloud based. The FileMaker Pro software allows you to create your own database applications independent of Crate Pro 6. Many customers create accounting and inventory management programs.

Licenses are purchased!!! We no longer have leased software as shown on the website. Maintenance benefits are included for 1 year after which its optional for a minimal cost per computer license. It is not required to continue to use Crate Pro 6.

1> Understanding Configurations Options: (Please review section 3 for clarity on the two part client license)

Stand-Alone: single computer installation. Crate Pro 6 is installed on a single computer. All users may  log in on that computer with unique user accounts. This installation can not be accessed remotely, from a server, or from a shared drive.


Peer-to-Peer: If you're planning to access Crate Pro from five or fewer computers, FileMaker Pro is installed on all the unique computers that will access Crate Pro 6. One of the client computers will host the Crate Pro 6 database files and the other clients may connect to the host using FileMaker Pro. The host computers acts as a client and host. Clients connect to the Host via your LAN, WAN or VPN .

Some companies opt to use a dedicated computer not used by a user to act as the host.

Stand-Alone and Peer-to-Peer will not run on an online hosting service,  a computer running a server operating system or from a shared drive. 

Backups are manual when running these configurations. Do NOT use a 3rd party backup or imaging software on your live database files. Please discuss or review the backup information provided on the support portal


Client-Server:  If you have six or more computers, are running virtual server, Citrix or RDS,  FileMaker Server is required. Claris-FileMaker requires a with a minimum purchase of five computer licenses for this configuration, even if you chose to use fewer.

An installation using FileMaker Server is highly recommended for speed, security, remote management for IT, automated backups and auto-restart after reboot. FileMaker Server will pause your live database files and create backups to the location of your choosing, which can then be backed up or imaged by your 3rd party software.

As of FileMaker Server 18: Companies may install a 2nd copy of the server software as a failsafe should the primary server require maintenance or fail. However, only one server may actively be hosting files at a time.

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 FileMaker Server and FileMaker Pro client software on a single server, is not an option with our current license type. 

Services such as Dropbox or using a SHARE to connect is not supported.

We will assist with a standard installations. We do not offer network, server or security setting changes that may may be required within your network or router.  Experienced IT personnel should be part of the installation process. 

Please consult the installation guides provided on the FileMaker website prior to purchasing your software or provide this information to your IT person(s) 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

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 Cloud licenses are NOT available for use with Crate Pro 6. The cloud license would require a separate subscription and monthly payments to an outside vendor not associated with Claris-FileMaker or us. 

FileMaker Server 18    Customers using non Crate Pro 6 applications with the client software, FileMaker Pro 16,  will need to use FileMaker Server 18. FileMaker Server 19 is not backwards compatible with clients applications still using FileMaker Pro 16.

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 purchased 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)


FileMaker SERVER System Requirements

FileMaker PRO client System Requirements (All Versions)

Crate Pro 6 releases and FileMaker Version Compatibility


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 each year. Maintenance is included your first year. Continued maintenance is highly suggested but is not a requirement to run Crate Pro 6. 

Some features may require maintenance. Continued 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.

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

  • Part 1: The CAL, or computer access license, is required for each unique computer that will access the Crate Pro database. Each unique device, not the user, consumes a CAL license, including the Host computer (Not a Server)
    • Each CAL includes a FileMaker Pro client 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 used on a computer with FileMaker Server
      • In a Citrix, RDS or virtual environment, the number of CAL required is based on the number of unique 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.

  • Part 2: The  DAL, or database access license, manages the concurrent connections into the database and is managed inside of the Crate Pro 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 in wasted time to have to 'take turns' accessing Crate Pro than the one time cost of the license itself. 
        • When a DAL is purchased, the license is hard coded into the specific database it's applied to. Should you open a new location with its own Crate Pro database, we are unable to transfer DAL between databases. 


 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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