FileMaker & Honeycode Comparison

Low-code and no-code platforms allow citizen developers to create applications with minimal knowledge of computer science and coding. According to Forbes, low-code apps are projected to experience high growth in coming years, largely because low-code development is significantly faster and cheaper than traditional code development. 

AWS Honeycode

On June 24, 2020, AWS launched it’s no-code platform Honeycode, which is designed to enable application authoring by non-developers. Engineered to combine the feel of a spreadsheet with the power of a software platform, Honeycode is positioned in a similar space as Claris’ FileMaker.

Layout in AWS Honeycode, designed as an internal task tracking solution. Forrester predicts that low-code and no-code apps will increase in popularity greatly in the coming years.
Task tracking template in AWS Honeycode

Claris’ FileMaker

FileMaker was named as one of several low-code industry leaders in a 2019 Forrester report, and has been around for over 30 years.

Claris' FileMaker launch screen points the user to several templates pre-designed for tracking assets, contacts, content management, inventory, meetings and tasks. Many additional free and paid templates available for download can be found on the Claris Marketplace.
Launch screen in Claris’ FileMaker

AppWorks primarily develops in Claris’ FileMaker platform, and also has extensive hosting experience using AWS. Because we frequently utilize both platforms, we were curious about how the two would compare and contrast in the low-code space. AppWorks would like to note that Honeycode is brand-new, and these findings are as of our August 2020 platform testing.

Honeycode & FileMaker Comparison

Here are our findings:

AWS HoneycodeClaris FileMaker
PricingFree: up to 20 users with limit of 2500 rows/workbook, unlimited workbooksNo free option beyond 45-day free trial
Plus: $20/month up to 20 users with limit of 10,000 rows/workbook, unlimited workbooks$99 developer subscription option
Pro: $29.99/month up to users with limit of 100,000 rows/workbook, unlimited workbooksClaris FileMaker Cloud Essentials: $19.99/user/month up to 5 users
Claris FileMaker Cloud Standard: $39.99/user/month for 5+ users
On-premise Licenses: $900/year for 5 years, cloud hosting additional
PlatformsWeb, iOS, AndroidWindows, Mac, Web, iOS, Android coming soon
ProsHighly intuitive UI requires no coding experienceUnlimited rows
Popular starting templatesCan create public-facing apps
Easy point-and-click automationsAbility to attach files
Android appHighly customizable UI with 3 record browsing options: single, list, spreadsheet
Fast & responsive web interfaceThousands of free resources available online
Ability to use Javascript, SQL and scripting
Ability to host your own server and fully own/control your data
SSO options including Azure, Google, AWS Cognito & others
Easily export data as .CSV, Excel, HTML and XML
Highly extensible
– supports API integrations, Javascript solution integration
– integrates with ODBC and JDBC
ConsDifficult to extract data without using Honeycode APINo free usage option
Inability to attach filesHarder to web publish compared to Honeycode
Low row limitsNo native high-availability or scalability features
No public-facing apps, must have account
Side-by-side platform comparison

Optimized for Different Uses

Ultimately, AppWorks feels that the two platforms are optimized for different uses. We would recommend using Honeycode if you have a simple spreadsheet that you wish to turn into an app for use within a team setting. We would recommend using Claris’ FileMaker for developing applications based on simple spreadsheets into advanced ERP solutions. FileMaker’s ability to  scale with business growth and adapt to changing needs makes it the better fit for development of more complex applications.

Reach out to sales@app.works if you are curious about your options for low-code app development.