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    Welcome to our comprehensive guide on exporting FileMaker Pro data to CSV files. As a versatile and widely-supported format, CSV offers a valuable solution for professionals seeking to organize, analyze, and share their data efficiently, especially when integrating with spreadsheet applications such as Excel. On this page, we will delve into the essentials of FileMaker, demonstrate the step-by-step process of exporting data to a CSV file, explore various use cases where CSV exports are particularly beneficial, introduce Sourcetable as a powerful alternative to traditional CSV exports, and provide a helpful Q&A section to address common inquiries about the export process. Whether you're looking to customize data exports with specific headers or ensure your data is perfectly formatted for cross-system importation, our guide has you covered.

    What is FileMaker?

    FileMaker is a development platform used to create custom applications designed to address operational business challenges effectively. As a scalable solution, it allows for the integration of various technologies such as JavaScript, OData, and REST APIs, enhancing the functionality and interoperability of applications developed within its ecosystem. FileMaker is made by Claris, an Apple subsidiary, which ensures that it is backed by a robust and reputable technology lineage.

    With each iteration, FileMaker continues to evolve; FileMaker 2023, the latest version, boasts new security, performance, and scalability enhancements, including a more intuitive user interface, backend infrastructure customization options, and support for Ubuntu 22 LTS on Intel and ARM processors. Additionally, FileMaker 2023 simplifies the integration with other apps through its compatibility with Claris Connect, even offering a new script step specifically designed to trigger workflows in Claris Connect.

    FileMaker's service aspect manifests through the FileMaker Server service, which runs with the designated name 'FileMaker Server' and oversees all FileMaker Server components on the host machine. This service can be configured to start with the machine, manually initiated, or controlled via command prompt, provided the user has the requisite administrator privileges.

    Exporting FileMaker to a CSV File

    Preparing the FileMaker Pro Data

    Before exporting data from FileMaker Pro, select a layout that displays the records you wish to export. It is important to find and sort the records accordingly, especially if you intend to export grouped summary values. Sorting the data is a key step to ensure that subsummary values are correctly exported, as it allows you to group by a sorted field.

    Initiating the CSV Export Process

    To begin the export process, navigate to the File menu and select 'Export Records'. This action will prompt you to enter a name for the new file and choose a desired location to save the file. After providing this information, click 'Save' to proceed.

    Completing the Export

    With the new file name and location set, click 'Export' to finalize the process. The data from FileMaker Pro will be exported to a new CSV file, which can then be opened in another application. This exported CSV file will contain the data formatted as it appears in the current layout and will include one record for each group if the data was sorted for subsummary values.

    Sourcetable Integration

    Streamline Your Data Import Process with Sourcetable

    Traditional methods of transferring data from FileMaker involve exporting to a CSV file and then importing this file into another spreadsheet program. This can be a time-consuming process, prone to errors and data inconsistencies due to manual handling. Sourcetable, on the other hand, offers a seamless integration that allows you to sync your live data directly from FileMaker into its robust spreadsheet interface. By eliminating the export-import cycle, Sourcetable ensures a more efficient and reliable data transfer.

    Sourcetable excels in its ability to automatically pull in data from various sources, not just FileMaker. This capability enables users to consolidate data from different apps or databases, streamlining workflows and providing a unified view of information. The familiar spreadsheet environment makes querying and manipulating your data straightforward, enhancing productivity. Furthermore, Sourcetable's focus on automation and business intelligence means that once your data is synced, you can set up automatic processes to analyze and visualize your data, empowering you to make informed decisions quickly.

    Common Use Cases

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      Better control over the headers that are exported
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      Getting the exact data you need

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I export data from FileMaker Pro to a CSV file?

    To export data to a CSV file, open the FileMaker Pro file, choose the layout with the records you want to export, find and sort the records, then go to File > Export Records. Name your file, select a location to save it, and choose CSV from the Save as type (Windows) or Type (macOS) options.

    Can I export summary fields when exporting to CSV from FileMaker Pro?

    Yes, FileMaker Pro can export summary fields such as subtotals from reports with grouped data. To export subsummary values, ensure the data is sorted and grouped by the relevant field.

    Is it possible to apply an XSLT style sheet when exporting from FileMaker to CSV?

    While you can apply an XSLT style sheet during XML export, this is not applicable when directly exporting to CSV. For CSV, you simply export the field contents.

    How do I choose the character encoding for my CSV export from FileMaker Pro?

    When exporting to CSV, you can choose the character encoding for the exported file from the available options provided by FileMaker Pro during the export process.

    Can I export data to a CSV file that is compatible with another application?

    Yes, ensure to use a file format supported by the target application. When exporting from FileMaker Pro, choose CSV as the file type, which is widely supported by other applications.


    Exporting data from FileMaker Pro to a CSV file is a straightforward process that enhances data portability, allowing you to open your data in various applications for further analysis or reporting. By following a few simple steps such as selecting the 'Export Records' option, choosing the desired file format, and specifying field order, you can efficiently export your data. Whether you need to export summary field data or subsummary values by grouping sorted fields, or you require a different file format supported by another application, FileMaker Pro has you covered. However, if you prefer a more seamless integration into spreadsheets without the need for exporting, consider using Sourcetable. Sign up for Sourcetable to import your FileMaker Pro data directly into a spreadsheet and streamline your workflow today.

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