Firebird Database

Firebird is an open-source relational database management system (RDBMS). It is similar to databases like MySQL and PostgreSQL and is known for its reliability and powerful features. Firebird is often used in various software applications and is popular in embedded systems.

Releases:

Release Latest Build File Version ODS Version Released
Beta Versions
Firebird 6.0 Initial (Alpha Version)6.0.06.0.0.20713.12024-01-11
Supported Versions
Firebird 5.05.0.05.0.0.130613.12024-01-11
Firebird 4.04.0.44.0.4.301013.02023-11-08
Firebird 3.03.0.113.0.11.3370312.02023-08-04
Discontinued Versions
Firebird 2.52.5.92.5.9.2713911.22019-06-24
Firebird 2.12.1.72.1.7.1855311.12014-12-05
Firebird 2.02.0.72.0.7.1331811.02012-04-12
Firebird 1.51.5.61.5.6.502610.12009-10-08
Firebird 1.01.0.31.0.3.97210.02003-06-04

A Firebird Database refers to a database management system (DBMS) known as Firebird. Firebird is an open-source, relational database system that is widely used in various applications and is known for its reliability, performance, and features. It is often used in both embedded systems and server applications. Here are some key characteristics and features of Firebird databases:

  1. Relational Database: Firebird is a relational database management system, which means it organizes data into tables with rows and columns, allowing users to establish relationships between different tables.
  2. Open Source: Firebird is open-source software, which means it is freely available for use and can be modified and distributed by the community of developers and users.
  3. Cross-Platform: Firebird is available for various operating systems, including Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, and more, making it a versatile choice for different environments.
  4. ACID Compliant: Firebird databases adhere to the ACID (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, Durability) properties, which ensure data integrity and reliability, especially in multi-user environments.
  5. Concurrency Control: Firebird includes mechanisms for managing concurrent access to the database, allowing multiple users or applications to work with the data simultaneously while maintaining data consistency.
  6. SQL Support: Firebird supports the SQL (Structured Query Language) for querying and managing data, making it accessible to developers familiar with SQL.
  7. Stored Procedures and Triggers: Firebird supports stored procedures and triggers, enabling developers to define custom database logic and automation.
  8. Scalability: Firebird can be used in small, single-user applications as well as in larger, enterprise-level applications, providing scalability options to accommodate growing data needs.
  9. Security: It offers security features like user authentication, access control, and encryption to protect sensitive data.
  10. Replication: Firebird supports various replication and high-availability solutions, which can be important for ensuring data availability in critical applications.
  11. Community and Support: Being open source, Firebird has an active community of developers and users who provide support, documentation, and contribute to its ongoing development.

Firebird databases are commonly used in a wide range of applications, from desktop software to web applications and enterprise-level systems. It's particularly valued for its reliability and low maintenance requirements, making it a popular choice for embedded systems and mission-critical applications.