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RazorSQL provides Firebird GUI tools for easily querying, browsing, editing, and managing Firebird databases. Listed below are a couple of examples of Firebird GUI tools provided by RazorSQL. The following is a screen shot of the Firebird create table GUI tool The following is a screen shot of the Firebird edit table GUI tool that allows users. 1 License and operating system information is based on latest version of the software. Firebird for Mac OS X (Intel 64-bit) v2.5.4 (Latest stable version) 31 Mar 2015 Firebird for Mac OS X.
- Installing Firebird
- Getting Started with Firebird
- Advanced Topics
- Building Firebird from Source on MacOSX
- A. Additional References
- B. Document History
- C. License Notice
- Why Am I Writing This ?
- Copyright and Caveats
- Why Should I Use Firebird ?
In July 2000, Borland (then Inprise) released the source code of their database product, Interbase, under the Interbase Public License. Firebird is the Open Source direct descendent of that database. For more information about Interbase and Firebird, there is an excellent description of the history of events leading up to the release of Interbase to the Open Source community, and the subsequent development of Firebird.
Until now, my database of choice has been PostgreSQL running on Linux, and more recently on OSX. Our company was commisioned to build a Java application targeted at the Windows platform. Firebird was chosen as the database because of it's wide platform availability (Windows, Linux, BSD etc) . In particular, Firebird is regarded as mature and stable on Windows, the main target market for the application.
To perform my QA tasks for this project, I elected to install Firebird on my Powerbook. While downloading and installing the MacOSX Firebird package was relatively straightforward, I found myself scrabbling around the net looking for information on how to put my installed Firebird to use under MacOSX.
It is my hope that this document will give others a headstart with Firebird on OSX.
The structure and content of this document is based on the document entitled Firebird Database on Linux prepared by Pascal Chong on March 9 2003 [URL link now lost]. An annotation pertaining to the licensing of that document appears in the Appendix at the end of this one.
Thank you Pascal, for your original document, even though it was targetted at Linux, helped me up and running with Firebird under OSX !!!
Open Source databases generally suffer from 2 common deficiencies : either they are large, such as PostgreSQL and MySQL, or they lack features and documentation, such as HypersonicSQL or McKoi.
Firebird has a relatively tiny footprint. At about 10MB for the MacOSX 'packaged' version. If your requirement is for an “embedded database”, bundled with an application server and/or an application, then it is possible to slim down the required files by approx 5Mb. Firebird has all the common features of more mature databases, such as support for transactions, stored procedures, SQL-compliance, etc. If your background is in DB2 and PostgreSQL, the syntax is very similar, and the data types and data handling may seem very familiar, such as the mandatory “single-quotes” for strings.
The design emphasis for Firebird seems to be on small, fast and minimum management. This is ideal for developers who need a database for storage, but do not want to spend too much time on tuning the database for performance. In many situations you may not even need stored procedures, or do complex table joins. In such cases, Firebird is the ideal compromise between size and functionality.Press Release:English Русский Português brasileiro
The primary goals for Firebird 3.0 were to unify the server architecture and to improve support for SMP and multiple-core hardware platforms. Parallel objectives were to improve threading of engine processes and the options for sharing page cache across thread and connection boundaries.
Alongside these aims came new strategies to improve performance, query optimization, monitoring and scalability and to address the demand for more security options. A number of popular features were introduced into the SQL language, including the long-awaited support for the Boolean data type and the associated logical predications.Documentation:Release Notes (PDF available), Quick Start Guide (PDF available) and other manuals.
Mac OS X
Firebird For Mac Os X 10.10
|Release Date||File Name||Size||Description|
|October 20, 2020||Firebird-220.127.116.11374-0.tar.bz2||9 MB||Compressed tarball|
|October 20, 2020||Firebird-18.104.22.168374_1_Win32.exe||7 MB||Windows executable installer, recommended for first-time users|
|October 20, 2020||Firebird-22.214.171.124374-1_Win32.zip||12 MB||Zip kit for manual/custom installs|
|32-bit Debug Kits (Binary + PDB components)|
|October 20, 2020||Firebird-126.96.36.199374_1_Win32_pdb.exe||9 MB||Windows executable installer (debug information included)|
|October 20, 2020||Firebird-188.8.131.52374-1_Win32_pdb.zip||26 MB||Zip kit for manual/custom installs (debug information included)|
|October 20, 2020||Firebird-184.108.40.206374_1_x64.exe||9 MB||Windows executable installer, recommended for first-time users|
|October 20, 2020||Firebird-220.127.116.11374-1_x64.zip||14 MB||Zip kit for manual/custom installs|
|64-bit Debug Kits (Binary + PDB components)|
|October 20, 2020||Firebird-18.104.22.168374_1_x64_pdb.exe||13 MB||Windows executable installer (debug information included)|
|October 20, 2020||Firebird-22.214.171.124374-1_x64_pdb.zip||28 MB||Zip kit for manual/custom installs (debug information included)|
|October 20, 2020||Firebird-126.96.36.199374-0.i686.tar.gz||8 MB||Compressed tarball|
|October 20, 2020||Firebird-debuginfo-188.8.131.52374-0.i686.tar.gz||77 MB||Debug build, compressed tarball|
|October 20, 2020||Firebird-184.108.40.206374-0.amd64.tar.gz||8 MB||Compressed tarball|
|October 20, 2020||Firebird-debuginfo-220.127.116.11374-0.amd64.tar.gz||80 MB||Debug build, compressed tarball|
Android builds were not thoroughly tested, therefore they should be treated as experimental.
Please report any problems you experience to the development mailing list.
|October 20, 2020||Firebird-18.104.22.168374-0.arm.tar.gz||7 MB||Compressed tarball|
|October 20, 2020||Firebird-withDebugInfo-22.214.171.124374-0.arm.tar.gz||69 MB||Debug build, compressed tarball|
|Mac OS X 10.15+ (only 64-bit builds are supported by MacOS X since version 10.15)|
|October 20, 2020||Firebird-3.0.7-33374-x86_64.pkg||18 MB||64-bit package|