FileMaker Pro: Introduction to Scripting

FileMaker Pro Training Series | Level 3

Course Details

Duration: 2 days

Software Versions: 14 | 15 | 16 (other versions on request)

Delivery Methods: Instructor-led classroom (ILC) | Virtual classroom (VC) on request

Course Dates: February 26/27, 2018 | View schedule Course schedule

Course Fee: $595 CDN per person + HST or BYOD (bring your own device): $545 CDN person + HST*

Note: Public scheduled dates for this course are delivered as live instructor-led classroom training.

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Course Overview

This course is designed for FileMaker users with little or no scripting experience who wish to automate their databases and capture and control user actions within a robust solution. Participants will create, edit, save and run scripts to automate repetitive actions and to perform processes that are difficult for users to perform manually. Various types of script triggers will be explored and students will create complex scripts with multiple steps and conditions using many different examples. Participants will learn to have scripts run automatically on start up and when closing a database and to trigger scripts automatically through user actions. Debugging and error handling strategies will also be reviewed. Best practices will be discussed throughout the course and resources for further study will be provided. The benefits of FileMaker Pro Advanced will be reviewed briefly.

Prerequisite: FileMaker Intermediate / Advanced or equivalent knowledge and skills.

Custom training: This course may be delivered at your site or ours as an instructor-led or virtual classroom solution. Contact us at for more information including savings for custom group training.

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  • Comprehensive course manual or published book
  • Sample and exercise files
  • Refreshments (for classes conducted in Avantix Learning classrooms)
  • Certificate of completion
  • Follow-up email support

Course Topics


  • Overview of scripting in FileMaker
  • Planning scripts
  • Considerations in terms of devices and platforms
  • Working in the Script Workspace

Creating Scripts

  • Creating a script
  • Using stored settings
  • Naming scripts
  • Adding steps to a script
  • Overview of script steps
  • Script parameters
  • Calling scripts and subscripts
  • Adding comments
  • Saving a script
  • Creating scripts for repetitive finding, running reports and navigating
  • Scripting imports and exports
  • Exiting vs. halting scripts
  • Performance optimization

Running Scripts

  • Running a script from a menu or keyboard shortcut
  • Attaching a script to a button

Editing Scripts

  • Editing a script
  • Duplicating a script
  • Adding script steps

Organizing Scripts

  • Organizing scripts in folders
  • Filtering scripts
  • Specifying script privileges

Using Triggers to Run Scripts

  • Overview of triggers
  • User interactivity
  • Running a script based on a trigger
  • Examining new FileMaker triggers
  • Running a script on starting up or shutting down a database

Calculations in Scripts

  • Adding calculations in script steps
  • Types of calculations that can be scripted

Dealing with Errors

  • Basic error capturing
  • Error handling logic
  • Debugging scripts

Scripts with Conditions, Variables and Looping

  • Adding conditions to scripts
  • Script logic and conditional branching
  • Inserting an If/Else statement in a script
  • Nesting If/Else statements
  • Script variables
  • Script globals
  • Looping scripts


  • Making scripts more dynamic and portable

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