MWA Software is pleased to announce the release of IBX2 for Lazarus. This is formally a pre-release. Although the software has been put through more extensive testing that any previous release of IBX for Lazarus, there are nevertheless considerable changes to the codebase and a period of in service experience is needed before IBX2 should be considered for production use. User reports, both positive and negative, are encouraged.

IBX2 is available for download from

The IBX2 headlines are:

  • Full support for both the Firebird 3 API and the legacy Firebird API.
  • Support for Firebird Arrays including a new Data Aware control derived from a TCustomStringGrid.
  • Reduced RAM footprint.
  • Support for embedded SQL statement execution.
  • Extensive testing has been performed with emphasis on avoiding memory leaks and to ensure that the performance is at least as good as previous versions.
  • Further bug fixes (see changelog).

IBX2 requires a minimum of FPC 3.0.0 and Lazarus 1.6.0.

The original IBX code has been split into two packages: the main IBX package which provides the non-visual components, and a new fbintf package (see separate announcement). The fbintf package provides a common interface for the Firebird 3 API and the legacy Firebird API and is the means by which embedded SQL statement execution is supported. The fbintf package may also be used on its own and has the potential to provide a common Firebird API to all FPC database applications.

IBX2 includes much improved documentation. There is a 108 page user guide for IBX itself and an 89 page user guide to the Firebird Pascal API provide by the fbintf package. There are also 15 example programs included in the package.

IBX2 is intended to be backwards compatible and most user applications should re-compile with no issues. However, there are differences and the user guide includes a section on upgrading to IBX2.

Ransomware attacks became the serious problem for many companies: during the last week, we had 3 incidents from different customers which had their Firebird databases encrypted by ransomware viruses. Luckily we were able to help all of them, but the scale of the problem definitely increases.

Read new article:

FDB v1.6.1 is available for download. This version fixes a few bugs.

Here is the changelog :


PyFirebirdSql 1.0.0 is released with code refactoring , documentation updates.

bhs_5-3-0-beta2_largeLibreOffice 5.3 will be announced at the end of January 2017, with a large number of new features which are summarized on the release notes page:

In order to find, report and triage bugs, the LibreOffice QA team is organizing a third bug hunting session on Friday, December 9, and Saturday, December 10, 2016.

Here is Firebird 3.0 upgrade notice in LibreOffice Base 5.3.

Also detailed migration notes for older ODB files are in the Wiki.

Page is updated for Firebird 3 by Dimitry Yemanov

This document outlines how much Firebird conforms to the current SQL standard. Please note that the following information is not a full statement of conformance, but just information for those interested in the subject.

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.1.0. This release is the first point release in the 7.x series.

Lots of missing features & big bugs were fixed recently .
All of the blockers that were initially mentioned on tracking bug are now fixed.

Lionel mentioned that he added a few more blockers that needs to be fixed until Firebird will be switched by default in LibreOffice Base :

I went over

and added a few open bugs to the blocker bug

based on their description (and NEW instead of UNCONFIRMED status)
only, without reading the bug log in great detail.

Tamás Bunth (Wastack) agreed that 6 months time frame is more than enough to fix bugs that will appear

I agree, it would be reasonable to wait a half year. Until that we can
fix the already found and the upcoming bugs, solve the backward
incompatibility. Even if those can be solved quickly we can upgrade to
the c++ API.

Another issue is importing old hsqldb databases without java installed

It requires making a read-only parser for the HSQLDB “cached” table
data format in another language than Java. Most definitely possible,
the format may even be better documented than “read the source code”.


We are welcome to join, and write in English for Firebird Advent Calendar

Notice via Twitter

FirebirdWebAdmin Version 3.4.0 (27.11.2016) is released with the following changes:

[enhancement] Published on npm
[enhancement] Introduce
[enhancement] Rename README to (alse updated structure, markdown, info badges)
[enhancement] Update translations
[bugfix] Update (.csv)
[bugfix] Suffixes GDB etc should be off by default
[enhancement] Review Exceptions & indices from Accessories.

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