FileMaker Go doesn't host files and a iPad isn't fast enough to run as a server. You can transfer file from your ipad to your computer using iTunes, Dropbox, SugarSync and other cloud services. SeedCode and 360works offer sync options.
Thanks for your response.
First of all, I don't need a fast server. I just need t return perhaps 10 K of actual data to the host. And, the processing power within an iPad is not minimal by historical standards.
The filemaker network links that are said to work for FMGo and FMPA seem to be unidirectional. I can run hosted databases on my desktop without problem. There seems either to be an intentional lockdown of the reverse direction or some port problem and the FM documentation is a little slim in this regard. It would be nice to have an actual comprehensive document rather than a collection of superficial documents on the website.
I've tried Dropbox and the like. These are also unidirectional. I can download into filemaker Go but can't send anything in reverse. Please let me know if you have actually tried this.
The FMP protocol scripts may be a solution. I may be able to transfer 90% of the data that I need to send using a collection of scripts, copy and paste functions. But it is a primitive work-around.
Thank you for your posts.
For a good explanation, start by reading Chapter 2 of the FileMaker Go Development Guide "Differences between FileMaker Go and FileMaker Pro":
You may also want to read the FileMaker Go Technical Brief at:
Let me know if you need additional clarification.
The only way I found to transfer files from the apple device to a computer is with iTunes. The cloud services will allow you to transfer files from your computer / cloud to the device. There really is no difference in hosting a 10k file or 10mb file, as far as the software required. I would guess filemaker didn't see much reason to add hosting to Go, when an iPad is really too slow compared to a computer hosting a database with several users. Apple like people using iTunes, it gives them a chance to sell you more products. Filemaker is owned by Apple. Maybe one of the cloud services will add this feature one day. Go is limited compared to the full version of Filemaker.
You can always make a feature request at