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Multiple Runtime apps accessing one external (.fmpur) data source?

Question asked by MatthewTaylor on Jan 23, 2014
Latest reply on Jan 23, 2014 by davidanders


Multiple Runtime apps accessing one external (.fmpur) data source?


     Hi All, 

     I've been using Access for my 9-5 job for a few years, and I've really wanted to start working more with Filemaker. So I got a copy of FMPA and wanted to make a simple Runtime app for my wife's small business. I've taken a few online courses ( and put something together, but I am still having some issues. Here's the way I have it setup currently (and the issue) 

     Right now I have the runtime app accessing a central "backend" external data source with a few tables. The Backend is sitting on our Mac Mini file share. (I do not have FM Server). This setup works fine for us if only one is in at a time, but we get a "file is in use" error if we both try to use it at the same time. 

     I know with Access I can have a MANY runtime clients accessing the same backend database file at the same time... is that a limitation to Filemaker? Or am I just missing a setting someplace?


     Thanks in advance!