FileMaker Server’s Default PHP Will Stop Receiving Security Updates

What’s happening?

The default version of PHP that ships with FileMaker Server 17.0.4 up to 18.0.2 is 7.1.19. This particular version is no longer receiving active support and won’t receive any security updates starting on Dec 1st, 2019. Any version before FileMaker server 17.0.4 uses a version of PHP that is no longer supported. Running web apps on an unsupported version of PHP is not recommended, and will compromise the security of your application.

PHP’s Support Timeline

Which version do I have?

You can check which version of PHP you’re running by doing the following:

  • Open your text editor (e.g.: Notepad)
  • Add the following: <?php phpinfo(); ?>
  • Save the file as info.php in FileMaker Server/HTTPServer/conf/
  • Open it in your web browser by entering the following link: [Your FM Server domain or IP]/info.php (example:
    Or use localhost/info.php if you open the browser on your server.
  • Check the version displayed at the top of the page.
Sample PHP info page

How to upgrade:

Before you upgrade, make sure you test your app on a test server running the version of PHP that you wish to install. Don’t upgrade an app in production if you haven’t tested it first with the new PHP version.

One extra step for Windows

The steps below are shown on Windows:

  • Make a backup of FileMaker Server\Web Publishing\publishing-engine\php by copying the php directory to another location.
Backup the “php” directory
  • Uncompress the downloaded file
Extracted files
  • Copy the extracted files
Copy all the files from the file you downloaded from
  • Stop IIS by opening command prompt or PowerShell as an administrator and typing the following command: iisreset /stop
Stop IIS
  • Once you get “Internet services successfully stopped”: Open FileMaker Server\Web Publishing\publishing-engine\php and paste the files you copied from the downloaded PHP files.
  • Choose to replace the files in destination when prompted
Choose “Replace the files in destination”
  • Turn on IIS: iisreset /start
Start IIS
  • Check your info file again. You should see the new version of PHP there. Make sure to delete the info file once you are done. Keeping this file open to the public will compromise your server security due to the information that it provides.
  • Test your app and make sure everything is running fine.
  • That’s it! You’ve finished upgrading PHP on your FileMaker server!
  • To revert the upgrade, delete the php folder (FileMaker Server\Web Publishing\publishing-engine\php) then copy and paste the php folder that you created as a backup earlier.

What if my FileMaker API is not compatible with the new PHP version?

Going further

  • While testing your web app on a test server, review your PHP.ini file (FileMaker Server\Web Publishing\publishing-engine\php\php.ini). Compare it with OWASP’s recommendations here. You can read about each php.ini value here.
  • We are happy to upgrade for you if you don’t want to do it yourself. Schedule a window for this upgrade by emailing