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Claris FileMaker Pro 3.0 (floppy Install set + CD)

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
fm-pro-3.sit (5.97 MB)
MD5: b66067ee8b50694acbbb55c62c181298
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us (16.21 MB)
MD5: 9b1c68caf699c0666da07e0dbdd565f9
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
fmkr-pro-3dv2.sit (4.37 MB)
MD5: a26f8b47bb284dacd4bc080a51173ce2
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
filemaker_pro_server_3.0.img_.sit (574.46 KB)
MD5: 4d43c03f2829886f7c74095bf2b47dac
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
FileMaker_Pro_3.0_V2_Fr.sit (4.09 MB)
MD5: c06f35ce75c993e2c3e3445434b73950
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us (21.08 MB)
MD5: 5c2607cc27badc46ee4912c4358b01da
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II, Mini vMac

Installation floppy disk images in Disk Copy 4.2 format and archived into a single StuffIt 3.6 format ".sit" file for backwards compatibility with earlier Mac OS's and ease of access. English and German installer sets.

MD5 checksum & filename: b66067ee8b50694acbbb55c62c181298 *fm-pro-3.sit
MD5 checksum & filename: 9b1c68caf699c0666da07e0dbdd565f9 *
MD5 checksum & filename: a26f8b47bb284dacd4bc080a51173ce2 *fmkr-pro-3dv2.sit

The International English Disk Copy 4.2 image files are of the original set of Claris FileMaker Pro 3.0 installation 1.4MB floppy disks, version 3.0CAv4. It installs "UK Dictionaries", otherwise is indistinguishable from the US version release. Once installed, run the updater to bring the version up to 3.0CAv5 with the enclosed updater file. It brings a few fixes, especially to Y2k issues.

If you have other Claris products installed, you can use the dictionaries of your choice from those other installed Claris products as they are interchangeable.

The 2nd D/L above, is a zipped ISO of the official extra templates plus example files CD, which was distributed shortly after the Claris release of FileMaker Pro 3.0 on floppy disk. It is a companion to this floppy disk release.

However; As well as the Mac companion files on this hybrid CD, on the PC side is the full installation set of FileMaker Pro 3.0 for Windows. This version of FM Pro for Windows runs on Windows from 3.1 to Win 7.

The 3rd D/L above, is the German language install set of Disk Copy 4.2 image files of FileMaker Pro 3.0Dv2. If you know of further updates for this 3 series in the German language; Please add them to this page.

Architecture: 68k PPC x86 (Windows)

Runs on all Macs from a Mac Plus to the last PPC G4 made. It also runs well on Mini vMac, Basilisk II and SheepShaver and in "Classic" mode on (PPC) OS X. Requires SSW 7.0 or newer.


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by MacMaster - 2016, August 15 - 1:13pm

No problem MikeTomTom! Thanks for adding the description of my uploads!

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by MikeTomTom - 2016, August 15 - 2:54am

Thanks again, MacMaster. I added that info to description, above.

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by MacMaster - 2016, August 14 - 2:56pm

Hey guys! I add my french version of FileMaker Pro 3.0 V2 for mac and my french version for windows. The .sit file contains 3 .img files of the original floppy disk. The zip file contains the installer for windows. I also add 2 pictures of the original box that I have in my floppy collection.

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by Euryale - 2012, June 30 - 8:58pm

This app. the more I use it, the more I like it...
I still use both versions for the Mac and the Windows version (I use it on Windows 7)
the files can be interchanged and used on´s awsome
so I give it 5 stars...

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by Euryale - 2010, November 10 - 12:11am

Thank you all for your help,
well, I just want to try out a version similar to this one for PC
(Just for curiosity) and for it´s simplicity,
as I said, I downloaded versions 10 and 11 advanced, but I ain´t gonna use them,
as far as mounting CD images on Winblows, I use Alcohol 120% and a beer
without burning them to a CD..

Thank you Bertyboy for the detalied descriptions of the different versions...

Internet time up (damn)

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by MikeTomTom - 2010, November 8 - 2:47pm

@MCP: Its not a problem as such. The software Euryale is asking for here is to be installed on a PC. Therefore the hybrid CD needs to be mounted on a running Windows system to be able to access and installed from that side of it.

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by MCP - 2010, November 8 - 1:17pm

"if mounted on a Mac you will only see the Mac files."

Use this-- and perhaps this-- and you won't have that problem.

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by MikeTomTom - 2010, November 8 - 4:19am

@Euryale asks:

Where can I find the PC version similar to fileMaker 3...

The PC version of FM Pro 3 is on the CD download from the 2nd DL link above (zipped .iso "", a 16.21 MB download). Its not just similar, it is identical to the Mac version, that is, their database files are usable on either the PC or Mac versions here (no conversion required).

[added info] The CD .iso is a hybrid Mac/PC CD, so if you want the PC side you need to burn to CD and mount it on a PC, if mounted on a Mac you will only see the Mac files. The PC version runs just fine on Windows XP or earlier. I don't have a newer Windows OS to test it on.

You muso's... I don't know Wink

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by bertyboy - 2010, November 8 - 1:00am

If you're running of a recent Windows OS, a later FMP may be better. FMP v3 was great for its time, but v5 is substantially better. v7 is substantially better than that. And I've just jumped to v8.5, it has just one of those killer new features (well, it was in v8.0) that made the upgrade worthwhie. Not even a big feature, but just one of the many new script steps.

You should be able to pick up a more recent Mac/PC version on CD on eBay for pennies / cents / centavos. Anything up to about v8.5.
v9, v10 and v11 - which I have no desire or need to upgrade to either - can still be pricey. Books for these earlier versions are also extremely cheap, the Wiley fileMaker Pro Bibles are handy, but rather tedious if you're already good at most parts of FMP.
Joining the FMForums is recommended, it's a great source from those at the top of the FMP knowledge tree, example databases with great tricks. Eveyone is very keen to help. Think my name is BertyBoy there too.

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by Euryale - 2010, November 7 - 8:01pm

@IIGS user
Wow That music sounds like the Mexican ballads from the seventies,
definitely I found German language easier to my ears, maybe it´ll take me 3-4 years to
learn it ( just like English for me)


Where can I find the PC version similar to fileMaker 3,
cuz I found Versions 10 and 11 advanced, I don´t need those.

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by IIGS_User - 2010, November 6 - 7:44am

now I want to move out somewhere colder and dryer.
(I´m thinking Holland or Germany)

Compare this song, which is available in both languages, nederland and german, and decide. Wink

In my german ears, the nederland language is more softly than the german one.

But, be aware, and this is a serious warning, both countries are captured within the European Union. Bruxelles instructs these countries, what they can do and what not.

And do not move to its coast area, because the levels of humidity and salt around there must be the same. Wink

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by MikeTomTom - 2010, November 1 - 1:26am

@Euryale: Let me know what you think of the PC version too, if you find some free time to install it.


[Edit] The D/L for the CD is now working, too. Many thanks.

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by Euryale - 2010, October 31 - 12:27am

sorry I took long to thank you for your help, I´ve just been quite busy,
I´ll check the PC version out just out of curiosity,
(I didn´t even know there was a Windose version of this program)
once again, i´m in a hurry...
see ya'

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by Balrog - 2010, October 24 - 3:45am


Taiyo-Yuden brand discs are often relabeled by other manufacturers. They're always "Made in Japan", and sometimes can be fake, but this can be determined. and the other posts on that forum have tons of information about this.

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by MikeTomTom - 2010, October 25 - 12:18am

Hi Euryale. I can't picture Holland as being a dry climate somehow but at least Amsterdam is civilized Smile

You can help keep your media in a drier condition right now, if you throw in a few of those moisture absorbing (Silica Gel) bags that you see in just about every box of hardware you buy these days, into your storage box of floppies and CDs etc.

I was tinkering with this program which is great, I spent all night designing my own templates

You are very organized Laughing out loud

If you happen to come across the Windows version of this software (either vers. 3 or 4) you'll find whatever database that you create here will be 100% compatible on your PC version, too (just make sure you give your Mac FM Pro 3 (and 4) file names an ".fp3" suffix).

[Edit] The windows version is now here too if you would like to try it out, see description for it above.

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by Euryale - 2010, October 23 - 10:16pm

Thanks for your tips,
since I now live in Cancun, you can imagine the levels of humidity and salt around here,
it even affects the car´s paint work,
see, now I want to move out somewhere colder and dryer.
(I´m thinking Holland or Germany)

It is nice to have the data using disk images so it can be copied on newer floppies or CD´s
too bad I cannot find the Taiyo-Yuden brand that Balrog mentioned in Mexico,

I was tinkering with this program which is great, I spent all night designing my own templates
(which I have not finished yet)
I couldn´t find anything that this software couldn´t do for my Db needs..


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by MikeTomTom - 2010, October 23 - 4:47am

@Balrog: Yes, I was forming that opinion too, once I looked inside the archive Sad
Ah well, I'll have to wait until somebody throws out an old SE now! Wink

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by Balrog - 2010, October 23 - 4:13am

Sorry, Copy ][ Mac will NOT work on the Centris. You'll need an older Mac. Newer Macs just don't have the hardware support. Sad

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by MikeTomTom - 2010, October 23 - 3:16am

Well you can imagine my surprise when I found the 660AV sitting on the curb just waiting for me to pick it up and take it home Laughing out loud
Even better, it came maxed out with 64MB RAM, a tray loading CD-ROM (with the tray included), a floppy drive. All working, and not a scratch on the case. To be expected the battery was DOA, and it had a 200 MB drive which I was able to replace with a 4 GB SCSI drive I had spare. Other than that I haven't needed to drag out the soldering iron for anything more serious. A well made machine to begin with, I think.

Its a great for playing the games of that era and for re-archiving my floppy disk collection.
90% of which are stored in cardboard floppy disk packets and all of these are kept in a cardboard box in a dark cool location. So far, over a period of 10 to 16 years, no mildew has formed on these disks. I live in the upper Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia. There is very little humidity up here and the weather for 9 mths of the year, cool to freezing Smile

I've DL'd "Copy ][ Mac" from the link you gave and will try it out later on the Centris today. Hopefully it'll work on the Centris which is running Mac OS 8.1, - I installed 8.1 on this to take advantage of HFS+ on a large partition of the 4GB SCSI. I'd rather be running an earlier Mac OS on it but figure I'd need about 8 partitions on a 4GB drive to keep file sizes down to a less wasteful size if I formatted the drive entirely as HFS.

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by Balrog - 2010, October 23 - 1:31am

WOW a 660AV, really!? That's a nice Mac! It's got that weird "NewAge" floppy chip though, but that's nothing DiskCopy 4.2 can't handle.

Also, please use cardboard boxes and not airtight packaging -- I kept a bunch of disks in a plastic case and they developed mildew. Most of them were recoverable, but if the packaging cannot "breathe" there may be issues.

Disks which DiskCopy throws errors on may have various issues. Mold/mildew damage can often be cleaned with rubbing alcohol. Surface or magnetic damage can't though. A way to determine the approximate physical location of the errors on the disk is by counting the normal-sounding "clicks" from the drive. There are 80 tracks on 3.5" floppies, and the heads start at the outside (I *think* I'm right about this part) of the disk.

Copy-protected disks are an issue. A raw dumper does not exist for Mac yet, though may be available eventually. It would not work with newer Macs (most Quadra and Performa models, and newer) simply because the hardware doesn't support such low-level access.

There is a utility available that allows low-level editing and exact copying of disks. It's Copy ][ Mac (and you'll want the latest version, 7.2, as older ones don't have the track editor). Again, it only works with older Macs: my Quadra 950 crashes when I try using it, as well as any newer Macs. It works well on my SE/30 or a IIvx though. Download from this MediaFire link. Feel free to make a page for it.
The paper manual for this would be very useful, as it has information about what the raw hex values mean, and how to "fix" bad sectors and such. Remember though, Copy ][ Mac is a powerful tool. Always lock original disks before copying them or viewing them with the editor, and only edit copies!

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by MikeTomTom - 2010, October 23 - 12:40am

Euryale mused:

This is good too [...] I was just wondering what´s the best way to preserve original Floppies, I used to have Original Appleworks Floppies v2 and v3 and they died..

Version 3 and vers. 4 are excellent on a Classic Mac OS, 68k or PPC. They still serve all of the few requirements for a database that I think I'll ever need.

Floppy disk storage; What has worked best for me, is little use of the original media and a dark & dry storage location. When I had purchased new software on floppy media, I'd 1st make a backup copy from it (locked) and only used the backup for installing and re-installing. The original I kept in a dry location, usually stored in a cardboard or opaque floppy disk container away from any direct light or big fluctuations of temperature.

Age will be the big killer in the end, so I'm archiving what I can from floppy sets that I have, into Disk Copy 4.2 archives. I have to re-do much of my previous archives which were mostly in Disk Copy 6.1x format. Since Balrog has pointed out that this is not the best means of obtaining a true copy, I've had to re-think this and now need to make new copies using DC 4.2 Tongue

MS Word 6 and Excel 5 alone comes to 30 or so disk images Sick

Good thing I found a working Centris Mac in the street recently - someones toss-out is another person's treasure (a Centris 660AV c1993, in mint condition). Until now I had been without a Mac with an internal floppy disk drive for about 3 years. Beer Beer Party

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by Balrog - 2010, October 23 - 12:12am

Best way to preserve original floppies? Keep them in a cool, dry place. Mold and mildew damages them (though they may still be recoverable -- isopropyl alcohol removes mold but be SURE to image them with DiskCopy 4.2 immediately afterwards -- DO NOT USE Disk Copy 6.x for floppies!).
Magnetic and wear damage are the worst, as there's no way to reverse it.

In my opinion? Image, keep copies in several places. Back up to CD or DVD, make sure you use high-quality (such as Taiyo-Yuden) discs.

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by Euryale - 2010, October 22 - 11:03pm

Yep, since I´m a Musician In real life i just like to keep all my stuff...
(Cables, connectors, equipment, etc.. ) well catalogued
(specially the plethora of cables and little stuff)
also my CD´s , toys, files, software, movies, you name it..

I just like to have everything well organized,
and ever since I use Appleworks for the for the first time as my first Db, I got hooked,
(back then I couldn´t afford a PC, so I bought an Apple //c off a garage sale)
eventually I used LOTUS, and then when I bought my first REAL Mac PPC a 225/6500
I used Claris, but for some reason I always went back to Appleworks II for its simplicity.

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by bertyboy - 2010, October 22 - 10:32pm

since I´m addicted to DataBases,

A girly addicted to databases ?

Don't get many of those although I have known a few. In my real life I'm an Oracle DBA consultant, so I can understand the attraction. In big corporate sites it is ultimate power and responsibility. When things stop working, even briefly, everyone turns to you to get it working again, even though it's never your fault. The data is the very wealth of the company, 20 years from now, it'll be different staff, different locations, different systems, different strategies, different markets, but the data we have today will remain.

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by Euryale - 2010, October 22 - 10:03pm

This is good too,
since I´m addicted to DataBases,

I was just wondering what´s the best way to preserve original Floppies,
I used to have Original Appleworks Floppies v2 and v3 and they died..

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by bertyboy - 2010, October 22 - 9:43pm

Software doesn't have to be abandonware to be had for pennies on eBay and similar. Just picked up FileMaker Advanced v8.5 for a few pounds, it's the latest version that will run on my Mac OSX 10.3.9, a BIG step up from FMP v7.

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by MikeTomTom - 2010, October 1 - 8:11am

Thanks bertyboy, will look at it shortly. Wishful thinking here, but wouldn't be nice if these $%#@## amazonaws links would just work! Yes I know about the "edit" trick, but really Tongue

[Edit] No longer an issue for the Mac Garden. MTT

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by bertyboy - 2010, October 1 - 7:47am

Added a second download link, for FileMaker Pro Server v3.0

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by Vitoarc - 2010, September 23 - 2:47pm

Awesome upload, thanks Mike Garden. Great teamwork on this as well. Smile

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by MikeTomTom - 2010, September 23 - 12:41pm


Feel free to image your CD, upload it and remove my link.

Your addition is excellent and required for the extra templates. - I also got those extras on a MacFormat CD, probably about the same period as your MacUser archive, they would both contain all of the same extra templates that came on the official CD release, without the Claris demos (and hybrid CD partition obviously). If demand/curiosity warrants it, I might put the hybrid CD up as an additional optional DL link at a later stage...

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by bertyboy - 2010, September 23 - 11:48am

It's not from the official CD (if I could find mine I'd just put the full CD up). The folder as it, compressed straight from the CD (so no possibility of .DS_Stores). It came with the MacUser mag, I also have identical folders that came on MacWorld cover CDs at about the same time.

It just came as a folder on the CD. There were a load of other demos in a neighbouring folder on the CD, and I mean LOTS of them, including a demo of FMP v3 !! and a demo of the FileMaker Server v3, and also demos of FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Server v2. That's what made me think they were unrelated to the Extras folder.

Feel free to image your CD, upload it and remove my link. My CD will turn up one day when I'm looking for something else. Never lost anything yet, apart from to damaged discs and this won't be the first.

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by MikeTomTom - 2010, September 23 - 11:28am


Added the CD Extras content.

Thanks for putting it up bertyboy Smile
Its not the official release that accompanies the floppy disk set is it? I ask because I got the official Claris "extras" CD a couple of months or so after getting FM Pro 3 on floppies. It contained all of the extra templates plus the obligatory Claris demos of their current Mac product line.

What I didn't realise, because nowhere - either stamped onto the CD or in any documentation that arrived with the extras CD was that it was a hybrid CD containing not only the "extras" but also a full installable MS Windows version of FM Pro 3 plus all of the Windows versions of the "extras" and demo apps! - I only accidentally found this out years later when I went to install the additional templates from the CD onto Basilisk II on Windows and discovered the CD also mounted in Windows Sad Smile Tongue

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by MikeTomTom - 2010, September 23 - 12:03pm


What about Disk Copy 6.3, which is the version I use in a daily base?

Its not just me that does this I hope? Wink Writing that some file will work with version 6.1.x of some program, (the ".x" bit) means it runs under version 6.1 and any newer version of the 6 series. You are good to go with your 6.3 Smile

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by IIGS_User - 2010, September 23 - 10:50am

These image files can be written back to floppy disk using Disk Copy 4.2 or Disk Copy 6.1.x

What about Disk Copy 6.3, which is the version I use in a daily base?

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by bertyboy - 2010, September 23 - 10:14am

Added the CD Extras content.

Many thanks for this upload. As with most Mac software (and book) puchases in this era, my copy came from a trade show in the US, packed into my suitcase to bring back to the UK. So I always had the annoying US settings. No longer an issue as I've since purchased FMP 5, 7 and 9 in the UK.