Over the recent weeks there have been a fee announcement by Embarcadero regarding InterBase. These are not tied to the core product but new drivers and new offers, including a new free version of the software. This is a summary:

  • A brand new driver for Python. It's on GitHub at https://github.com/Embarcadero/InterBasePython.
  • Free embedded database IBLite for all developers, not just RAD Studio customers. It is available at https://www.embarcadero.com/products/interbase/lite/free-download. If you use Python, C#, Java, or any other programming language with a driver (maybe via ODBC) you can take advantage of it.
  • A new flat fee (meaning independent from the number of installations of your app) for the embedded IBToGo, offering encryptions and larger databases. This is a great solution specifically for mobile apps, given in case of a huge success and many downloads, you don't have to pay extra for the deployment. This offer is available in the Embarcadero online store (or via partners as usual).

The two official blog post announcing these are:

InterBase is a powerful tool, with a fairly low price and Embarcadero keeps seeing good traction for it.