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Compare Performance of FileMaker Techniques, Versions and Configurations


BenchTest Overview

BenchTest is our free tool you can use to measure and compare performance of different techniques to achieve the same result, different versions of FileMaker doing the same thing, or different environments running the same version of FileMaker. Learn how to use it

BenchTest 2.0b3 released as part of FileMaker Performance Lab June 2016 update

Key Features

  • 1 million pre-generated test records ensure consistent conditions across configurations
  • 126 predefined tests let you easily compare speed of different ways to do the same thing
  • Built-in automation lets you repeat the same set of tests on different FileMaker versions
  • Pre-defined “Standard test” lets you compare your setup performance with others

1 Million Test Records

To provide consistent results across platforms, FileMaker versions and users, BenchTest comes with random-generated data set consisting of two tables, one with 250 records and one with 1,000,000 records. The actual test data is then generated out of this data set using a fixed algorithm in order o produce a data file simulating real-life database with large amount of indexed records.

Compare Techniques

BenchTest comes with 126 predefined tests organized in 14 groups intended to compare performance of different techniques to achieve the same result. Each test consists of a wrapper script, whose purpose is to prepare initial conditions for the test and to evaluate the test's execution time, and the actual test script. You can easily compare the predefined techniques, or even add your own.

Compare Hosting Options

Wondering which hosting or data center to chose for your cloud-hosted FileMaker solution? Test different options with BenchTest Hosting Edition and compare your results and the results submitted by the community in a dedicated Hosting section of our results below. To try it out yourself, just have FileMaker Pro ready to run the test for up to a few hours, and click here to start.

Automate Series of Tests

BenchTest also comes with an easy way to automate repeating the same series of tests on different FileMaker versions or different configurations. You can also perform the tests on multiple workers to test how your FileMaker Server will really handle multiple concurrent clients. BenchTest will automatically coordinate starting each step on all workers at the same time.

Score Your Environment

Pre-defined “standard test” set consisting of exactly 111 tests will let you submit your test results to our server and get your setup’s performance scored by comparing it to our reference results. The overall score is calculated as a weighed average of the 111 individual tests with our intention for higher score to mean “faster configuration” for usual FileMaker solution tasks. You can check all valid results compared below on this page.

Top Results

See how different configurations and hosting options compare when running the BenchTest standard test. Try it on your own and submit your results to have them listed here. If you’re looking for the best hardware configuration or hosting option, this is a great way to find out what you can expect. If you’re a FileMaker hosting provider, make sure to get your hosting listed.

Latest version
Release date: October 26, 2021
  • BenchTest
    The BenchTest tool itself is likely to be updated more often than the test data. In order to save on download time and bandwidth, test data is not included in the BenchTest tool download, so you have to download it separately.
  • BenchTest Data
    If you download the small data file, you will have to generate the test data yourself, which can easily take over 10 hours. The larger data file comes with all the data for the standard test already generated, so it’s ready to use immediately.
  • Requirements

    BenchTest works with FileMaker Pro 12 or newer, but some tests and features may require higher version. FileMaker Pro 17 or newer is required to submit standard test results for scoring and comparison. FileMaker Pro 18 or newer is required to measure hard disk speed. At least 20 GB of free disk space is recommended for running the standard test set.

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