5 Replies Latest reply on Apr 9, 2010 6:21 PM by fitch

    Filemaker 5 migration to Filemaker 10



      Filemaker 5 migration to Filemaker 10


      1. The version of FileMaker Pro you are using:  Filemaker Pro 5 MS-Windows XP Pro

      2. The operating system and version you are using:  MS-Windows XP Pro

      3. Describe as much detail about your database as is pertinent to your question.  Otherwise, other forum participants will have to guess and/or ask for more information: 

      4. Please indicate whether your database file is being shared over a network, or being published to the web via either Instant Web Publishing (IWP) or Custom Web Publishing (CWP): Database is shared over a network


      5.  We have been using Filemaker Pro 5 since February 2001 and stopped upgrading since this app did everything necessary to accomplish our needs. Now we need to upgrade to a new version of Filemaker Pro that will be compatible with our new enterprise operating environment; MS-Windows - Vista. My questions are: Will my version of Filemaker Pro 5 work with the operating environment MS-Windows- Vista? Can I migrate my database and scripts to Filemaker Pro 10?  If not, what is the next version of FM (not necessarily the latest) that will work incrementally to make this proposed migration. Can this recommended version convert my databases automatically from version 5?  I appreciate any thoughts, info, comments from anyone who might have been faced with similar circumstances. 


        • 1. Re: Filemaker 5 migration to Filemaker 10

          If you are going to upgrade, I recommend upgrading to the most recent version of Filemaker. You can give this a test by downloading the 30 day free trial version and trying to convert your files to Filemaker 10 format. This can be done, though there are likely to be issues you'll need to fix after the conversion.


          Heres a knowledgebase article on the conversion process:



          • 2. Re: Filemaker 5 migration to Filemaker 10

            Switching over from FM5 to FM7 or higher is a big pain.  The documentation is very big. If you have a single relational database as your structure, it shouldn't be as difficult.  The new filemaker has a conversion tool but it's pretty pathetic.  I tried it on my database and the errors were atronomical.  I tried to rewrite my database but after a few weeks, I decided to stay with FM5.  (I have 15 relational databases with several hundred scripts). 

            Good luck.

            • 3. Re: Filemaker 5 migration to Filemaker 10

              I guess it depends on your database files.


              I've converted over 50 related  files from FMP 5.5 to FMP 10 without too much trouble. There were a few fixes, (Window control scripting, adding account names, about 4 calculations that had to be fixed and one text based relationship that didn't work unti I cleaned up the data), that had to be made, but making the change wasn't all that bad.


              On the other hand, merging those single table files down to less than a half dozen multi-table files... that was a major chore and not one I'd volunteer to do again any time soon!

              • 4. Re: Filemaker 5 migration to Filemaker 10

                When  converting from FMP 3 thru 6 to FMP 7 thru 11, there are several mistakes easy to make.

                The FMP ver 3 to ver 6 will be multiple databases that are related.

                The conversion to FMP ver 7 to ver 11 will convert the separate databaase to updated separate databases.


                First - not SAVE AS smaller while in the earlier versions.

                This can clean up things and better prepare for the conversion.

                You NEVER want to convert the working databases, ONLY copies, better Save As Smaller Copies.


                Second - not SAVE AS Clone (without any records)

                This can clean up things and work better than SAVE AS SMALLER for conversion purposes.


                Third - not Recovering the existing database and trying conversion on the RECOVERED Copies.

                This can work when the first two do not. (copies - not the originals)

                [problems that accepted in earlier versions can cause major problems in later versions]


                Selecting only one database of seven (for instance) may not work as well as

                selecting ALL databases and selecting Open With FMP 11

                This can cause all databases to be  updated at the same time. (not always, depending on th OS)

                • 5. Re: Filemaker 5 migration to Filemaker 10

                  Short answer is no, FileMaker 5 is not supported in Vista.

                  Long answer: http://filemaker.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4701/


                  As Phil pointed out, since you'd need to go at least to 8.5 for vista, you might as well go to the current version 11.


                  Conversion is not that big a deal. There are a few common "gotchas" to watch for, but if your solution is not super complex you'll be up and running quickly.


                  There is a tool called MetaDataMagic that is essential if you really want to do it right. It cleans up your file references and guides you through any potential problems.