Final Filer Software

The complety free database management system for cemeteries & crematoria

The Final Filer Web is intended to run on a web server under PHP. It is tolerant of different databases, but MySQL is preferred. Versions optimised for particular databases will be made available as we move along.

The Final Filer for the Web requires a web server, either

  1. WAMP,
  2. LAMP (most Linux distros have the necessary packages includedor try Ubuntu Server LTS)  
  3. IIS with PHP



If you are a new user, database schemas and blank databases are here.

Your database must also be setup and configured on your server. Current detailed instructions available for this are


The instructions would be similar for other database. A MySQL script to create the necessary db is here.


Once you have your web server environment configured and running, create a directory for the application inside the server's public HTML or www root directory.

Download the latest Final Filer Web Package and unzip it inside the directory you created  on the web server.


IMPORTANT: the _lib directory's permissions MUST be READ/WRITE - on Linux set permissions something like

   sudo chmod 777 -R /mywebserver/finalfilerdirectory/_lib -

Once the database connection has been configured you should reset permission to read only.


On Windows right click the _lib directory, choose properties and make sure it is red/ write.



Open your web browser and log in to the directory. So, if your web server is the localhost and the directory if finalfiler, you'd point your browser at http://localhost/finalfiler.  If your host is, then it would be

You should see something like this:




Click on a menu link, say Contacts, people and then Contacts. If the current database connection is invalid you will see


Click the link on the form:




 Enter the password as described. Then, in the next dialog give yourself a new password. This will be needed to reset the database connection should you ever have to, 

Once you have done that, you should see something like this:


 Click the icon to get:



 Now choose the type of connection needed. In the following example I am using MS Access with ADO:



Make sure you test the connection to confirm it is working. Then click the SAVE button.


Once you have the connection working and saved, restart your browser and you should be good to go.


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