Open Filemaker 5 File w/out Filemaker

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by davecom, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. davecom macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2009
    I don't have any current version of Filemaker. My understanding is that the latest version can't open Filemaker 5 files. Is there anything I can do to extract data from this? Excel/Word won't open it without Filemaker installed.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    No, you'll need the software to be able to read the database file.
  3. alexstein macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2004
    If you have Filemaker 5 can you open your current database and export the content as a csv file or a file excel can open like xls.
    Newer versions support that feature.

    If you don't have Filemaker 5 here are the step to be able to open it in Filemaker 13.

    If your current version of FileMaker Pro is 6, 5, 4, or 3, files will need to be converted to FileMaker Pro 11 before they can be converted to FileMaker Pro 13.

    Step 1: Open File with FileMaker Pro 11
    Step 2: Open File with FileMaker Pro 13 or 12
  4. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    If you just need to get data and not buy the program, the trial may be able to help. Alternatively, the iOS apps (if you have iOS) may be able to read and I think they are free.

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