Firebird
Firebird
3.0.4

4.0

Firebird free download for Mac

Firebird

3.0.4
13 March 2019

Relational database offering many ANSI SQL-92 features.

Overview

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.

What's new in Firebird

Version 3.0.4:
  • Context variables WIRE_COMPRESSED and WIRE_ENCRYPTED were added to the SYSTEM namespace to report compression and encryption status, respectively, of the current connection. See Context Variables: v.3.0.4 for details.
  • Enhanced reporting of errors when a dynamic library fails to load. For more information, see Better Reporting on Dynamic Library Loading Errors.
  • When an external function (UDF) causes an error of the type "Arithmetic exception, numeric overflow, or string truncation", the error message will now include the name of the function.
  • The API now supports passing the DPB/spb item ***_auth_plugin_list from an application to the client interface. More details.
  • Two new context variables LOCALTIME and LOCALTIMESTAMP that are synonyms for CURRENT_TIME and CURRENT_TIMESTAMP, respectively. They can be used in Firebird 3.0.4 and later, for forward-compatibility with Firebird 4. See Context Variables: v.3.0.4 for details.
  • The read-only restriction for system tables was relaxed to permit CREATE, ALTER and DROP operations on their indexes.

2 Firebird Reviews

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Kiddailey
08 May 2008

Most helpful

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
Anotherscott
29 November 2010
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
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SickTeddyBear
SickTeddyBear
05 September 2011
This is a database server, not a clickable application. If you don't know what that is, you don't need it.
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Kiddailey
08 May 2008
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.
Like (2)
Version 2.1
Free

4.0

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Mac OS X 10.6.0 or later
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