Starting and Stopping FileMaker Server with Terminal

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You may have come across the neat little app on your Mac called ‘Terminal’. Terminal provides a command line interface to control the UNIX based operating system that lurks below OS X.

In some cases, you may need to start or stop all components of FileMaker Server on a machine. You can restart all FileMaker Server components either by restarting the machine or by restarting the FileMaker Server background processes.

Don’t worry, if you haven’t used terminal before it doesn’t matter. No previous experience is needed. The process behind starting and stopping FileMaker server with Terminal is very simple. Infact; it only involves a single command line.

Step 1

Open Terminal. The easiest way to do this is using the spotlight search.

Step 2

To Start FMS: sudo launchctl start com.filemaker.fms

To Stop FMS: sudo launchctl stop com.filemaker.fms

Step 3

Press the enter key and you’re done! It is that simple!

Please Note

  • The sudo command may require you to authenticate.
  • You must be logged in to the machine where FileMaker Server is running.
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