With InterBase powering enterprise, stand-alone, and deeply embedded IoT and mobile solutions, there are four full-featured editions to choose from to develop the right mix to enhance your software architecture.

Here, we offer guidance in determining which InterBase edition is best to help you build your solution. With InterBase, it doesn’t matter if you are unsure at first since it’s easy to move between editions. Often, the best choice is a combination of one or more editions. As you consider your options, you may need help or expert advice along the way. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your needs.

And remember, we have very attractive ISV pricing available if you are embedding Interbase in a solution you sell. Again, contact us to discuss.

Features Developer Edition Embedded IBLite Embedded IBToGo Desktop Edition Server Edition
Available for deployment
Zero-install, embedded database as a library, just link to access database
Concurrent applications/client access to the database
New in InterBase 2020! Tablespace support
New in InterBase 2020! Embedded InterBase available for Android 64-bit and macOS 64-bit
Remote secure over the wire communication via SSL
Database and column level encryption – AES (strong) and DES (weak) DES AES + DES AES + DES AES + DES
Encryption of the database backup file
Journaling with Write Ahead Logging (WAL) for better VLDB management and OLTP performance
Journal Archiving for disaster recovery
Point-in-time-recovery of data, with database restoration based on timestamp for greater recovery flexibility between physical backups
SQL based connection monitoring support
Maximum Simultaneous Users Available 20 1 1 1 Depends on License
Maximum number of CPU Cores 8 1 4 4 32
Maximum number of connections per user 4 1 8 8 4
Simultaneous transactions per connection Unlimited 1 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Supported platforms for server/embedded editions Windows, Linux Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, Android Window, Linux, macOS, iOS, Android 1 Windows Windows, Linux
Supported client platforms for server editions Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, macOS Windows, Linux, iOS, macOS, Android
Available connectivity drivers from RAD Studio (FireDAC and IBX)
Other connectivity drivers: ODBC, JDBC, ADO.NET, PHP+, Ruby+
Command line tools for development, administration and validation
GUI tool, IBConsole on Windows
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InterBase Server and InterBase Desktop

If you have multiple users and devices that need to connect to the same data, then InterBase Server is the best choice for the core of your architecture. InterBase Server runs on both Windows and Linux, giving you the flexibility of connecting many different types of devices to the same database.

Many software vendors choose InterBase because it easily scales up to hundreds of concurrent connections. Since it runs equally well on a low-end laptop as it does on a commercial-grade server, it’s a highly flexible solution to accommodate your varying customer demands and mix of resources.

InterBase Desktop has the same core as InterBase Server, except that the license permits only local database connections. As your demand grows, you can easily upgrade InterBase Desktop to a network-ready solution with InterBase Server.


InterBase ToGo and IBLite

InterBase ToGo is an option for those looking to add data storage to their applications – locally or by connecting to a remote InterBase Server.

InterBase ToGo is an excellent choice for iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS applications that need to move data storage offline to:

  • enable offline capabilities for enterprise solutions

  • reduce network traffic

  • lower data movement costs

With InterBase ToGo, you can also benefit from:

  • Running stand-alone, encrypted data storage

  • Removing the need to install client drivers

InterBase ToGo and IBLite both contain the same libraries for the InterBase deeply embeddable database engine. So when you’re ready, it’s incredibly easy to upgrade from IBLite to InterBase ToGo by simply replacing the license file!


InterBase Deployment – Installed / Embedded / Deeply Embedded?

Installing InterBase takes only a few minutes. Both InterBase Server and Desktop are installable through a stand-alone installer. Or you can silently embed either version into your own installer.

InterBase ToGo and IBLite do not require an installer since the InterBase kernel is deeply embedded inside your application during development – simply by linking to the InterBase libraries.

What’s the difference between RAD Studio and Delphi or C++Builder?

RAD Studio is the combination of Delphi and C++Builder in a single IDE. If you only need a single language, you’d be better off buying Delphi or C++Builder.

What’s this Subscription Business?

When you buy RAD Studio, Delphi or C++Builder, your purchase includes a license and a subscription for all updates and new versions released for the next 12 months.

What happens at the end of the Subscription?

You have the option of renewing your subscription at a greatly reduced price for a further 12 months, during which you’ll receive any updates or new versions released.

Is the License Perpetual?

Yes. If you choose not to renew your subscription, your product will still work. However you will not receive updates and new versions.

How many people can use the license?

The standard license (a Named User license) allows a single named developer to use the product. If you have other requirements, there are other licenses available, such as Network Named and Concurrent as we outline here

My question isn’t answered here!

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Thinking of using Interbase inside a product you sell? Contact us to discuss the very attractive ISV pricing we have available. 

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