Hooking Formstack into FileMaker
Published on June 13, 2013 by Anders Monsen
There are generally three ways to get web-based form data into FileMaker.
You can set up Instant Web Publishing using FileMaker Server Advanced, exposing a FileMaker layout directly to the web.
You can write a custom HTML form and submit the data using FileMaker’s PHP API…. Or….
You can use a third-party interface that works with FileMaker’s PHP API.
The starting page for any developers is Formstack’s Developers Central page. You will need a Formstack account, and there is an associated cost with this method though you can try it for free first. For our purposes we’re going to use the Webhooks method instead of the REST API. The webhooks method sends data in a key/value format to an external URL upon the form submit action. That external URL is your PHP page, where you create the code to parse the submitted data and push it into FileMaker.