Firebird is a relational database offering many ANSI SQL standard features that runs on 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.

The Firebird Project is a commercially independent project of C and C++ programmers, technical advisors and supporters developing and enhancing a multi-platform relational database management system based on the source code released by Inprise Corp (now known as Borland Software Corp) on 25 July, 2000.

Firebird is a fully featured and powerful RDBMS. It can handle databases from just a few KB to many Gigabytes with good performance and almost free of maintenance!

Below is a list of some of the Firebird’s major features:

  • Full support of Stored Procedures and Triggers
  • Full ACID compliant transactions
  • Referential Integrity
  • Multi Generational Architecture
  • Very small footprint
  • Fully featured internal language for Stored Procedures and Triggers (PSQL)
  • Support for External Functions (UDFs)
  • Little or no need for specialized DBAs
  • Almost no configuration needed
  • Large user community
  • Optional single file embedded version
  • Dozens of third party tools
  • Careful writes – fast recovery, no need for transaction logs!
  • Many ways to access your database
  • Native support for all major operating systems
  • Incremental Backups
  • 64bits builds available
  • Full cursor implementation in PSQL
  • Monitoring tables
  • Connection and Transaction Triggers
  • Temporary Tables
Unsupported releases, still available:

Last build Oct. 2009

Last build Apr. 2003

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