Quick Install - Microsoft Windows

These quick install instructions are for installing RESTfm on the same system as FileMaker Server (FMS). See the advanced installation section for other options.


  • Microsoft Windows as supported by FileMaker Inc., with IIS version 7 (or above) web server.
  • A functioning FileMaker Server ( version 11 through 17 ) deployed with Web Publishing Engine and PHP enabled.
    • Beginning with FileMaker Server 17, PHP must be enabled using the fmsadmin command line tool:
      fmsadmin set cwpconfig enablephp=true
      (and then restart the FileMaker Server service to apply the change)
    • The PHP Custom Web Publishing technology tests available from the FileMaker Server page https://localhost:16000/fmi-test/phptest.php?lang=en must have completed successfully.
  • Administrative level access to the Windows operating system.
    • Necessary for installing the Microsoft URL Rewrite module for IIS.


  • Download and install the Microsoft URL Rewrite module: https://www.iis.net/downloads/microsoft/url-rewrite
  • Unzip RESTfm to the web server document root folder. This should create a sub-folder called RESTfm.
    • Beginning with FileMaker Server 13, the FMS deployment process takes over the webserver. The web server document root folder is now found in this location:
      [drive]:\Program Files\FileMaker\FileMaker Server\HTTPServer\conf
  • Browse to the RESTfm report page: http://localhost/RESTfm/report.php
    • The report page will provide advice on configuration changes. If any errors are reported, start by correcting the topmost error first, and reloading the page after addressing each.

Note on URL case sensitivity: Windows' NTFS filesystem supports case-insensitive file access, but RESTfm is case sensitive. Please ensure the correct case is used in the URL, otherwise RESTfm will not function correctly and the report page will indicate more configuration changes than are necessary.

Browse RESTfm

Once the report page advises that RESTfm is operating, direct browsing of FileMaker databases may begin:

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