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Firebird is a relational database offering many ANSI SQL-92 features that runs on Mac OS X, Linux, Windows, and a variety of Unix platforms. Firebird offers excellent concurrency, high performance, and powerful language support for stored procedures and triggers. It has been used in production systems, under a variety of names since 1981. Firebird is a commercially independent project of C and C++ programmers, technical advisors and supporters developing and enhancing a multi-platform relational database management system under the Initial Developer's Public License.

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Version 2.5.2:
  • A remote stack buffer overflow was discovered in the Firebird Server during March, 2013 that allows an unauthenticated user to crash the server and opens a gate for remote code execution. The vulnerability was patched by Alex Peshkov. All Firebird binaries released with build numbers 23539 or lower and all snapshot builds before 2013.03.08 have this vulnerability.
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  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • Download link yields 64-bit Classic, Superclassic, and Embedded. For other options, see Related Links.

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Anotherscott Member IconComment+7

I ran the installer, it appears to run successfully, but I can't find the application on my hard drive.

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Version 2.1.3

This is a database server, not a clickable application. If you don't know what that is, you don't need it.

kiddailey Member IconReview+15

A friend of mine recently introduced me to Firebird, which I learned is essentially just the OpenSource version of InterBase -- something that's been around for more than two decades and is a) extremely lightweight and b) extremely reliable. So reliable in fact that it's often use for embedded systems and the DBMS itself can be slimmed down to a mere 5MB (or so I read). Even still, my full working install has a bin folder of only about 8MB!

I've recently begun experimenting with this and am really surprised. For being such a tiny install, it's packed with speed and many of the same features you see in MSSQL, MySQL and PostgreSQL, but without the cost, bloat and weird syntax.

Full support for stored procedures, functions, domains, triggers, referential integrity, transactions etc. right out of the box. .NET providers and ODBC drivers are available as well as a number of free and commercial GUIs for management. Not to mention that it's available for a myriad of platforms.

If you're starting a small-medium scale project that needs a robust SQL DBMS, this might be worth a look.

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Version 2.1
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Downloads 5,118
Version Downloads 83
License Free
Date 29 Mar 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price Free
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