2 Replies Latest reply on Dec 17, 2013 2:33 PM by jormond

    Using Excel as datasource on Mac


      At work, I have Windows computer with Excel and Access. At home, I have a Mac with FileMaker 12. At work, I have created an Access database that links (not imports) to Excel spreadsheets. I'd like to do that same thing at home and link (not import) the Excel spreadsheets to a FileMaker database. My thought was to use an ODBC connection. In searching the web, I see lots of references to accessing FileMaker databases through Excel. I'm trying to do the opposite. Does anyone know of an ODBC driver for the Mac will let me accomplish my task?

        • 1. Re: Using Excel as datasource on Mac
          Mike Duncan

          Excel isn't on the list of supported ODBC datasources for FileMaker. You will likely run into unexpected issues when trying it, but you can try. FileMaker touts it's ease of importing excel files, and it has some nice features to do that. If your spreadsheet is a single sheet with little to no formatting, importing into filemaker and then exporting records back out as excel may be a way to go. ODBC is likely not going to do what you want in this instance.


          There are also several plugins available that might be suitable for this. 360 works has one, as well as MBS and I know there are others.

          • 2. Re: Using Excel as datasource on Mac

            I believe you can do an ODBC import, but not a live connection. FM won't even see it. It's been a long time since I used something like that.


            At one point I was doing a few things using Excel's DDE. But that isn't really something I wouldn't rely on long term ( since it was semi-replaced with OLE )