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SimpleFM is a fast, convenient and free tool designed by Soliant Consulting, Inc. to facilitate connections between PHP web applications and FileMaker Server.

SimpleFM is a lightweight PHP package that uses the FileMaker Server XML API. The FMS XML API is commonly referred to as Custom Web Publishing (CWP for short).

SimpleFM is Composer friendly, making it a snap to use with all PHP-FIG frameworks, including Zend Framework, Symfony, Laravel, Slim, and many more.

See also, the SimpleFM-skeleton demo application which illustrates use of SimpleFM in a middleware Zend Framework application.


Easy to Integrate

  • PSR-4 autoloading (Composer ready).
  • Can be used on it's own or with any service or middleware, such as Apigility or Stratigility.

CWP Debugger

  • Easily see the underlying API command formatted as a URL for easy troubleshooting
  • FileMaker error codes are translated to understandable error messages

Simplicity and Performance

SimpleFM was written with simplicity as the guiding principle. We have informally benchmarked it, and obtained faster results for the same queries compared to the two most common CWP PHP alternatives.

System Requirements

SimpleFM, the examples and this documentation are tailored for PHP 7.0 and FileMaker Sever 12

  • PHP 7.0+
  • FileMaker Server 12+

With minimum effort, it should theoretically work with any version of FileMaker server that uses fmresultset.xml grammar, however, backward compatibility is not verified or maintained.


SimpleFM is free for commercial and non-commercial use, licensed under the business-friendly standard MIT license.


Install via composer:

composer require soliantconsulting/simplefm


Documentation builds are available at:

You can also build the documentation locally via MkDocs:

$ mkdocs serve