Installation, Registration, and Licensing Information for
Embarcadero® InterBase® XE3, Update 4

Published March, 2014


Before Installation...
  All Platforms General Information System Requirements/Prerequisites Server/Client Compatibility  
Installation Process...
  Installation and Registration Downloading and Installing Using the Installer Install Drivers Using the Wise Installer to Embed InterBase Installing on Japanese Versions
Registration Process...
Post Install...
  Licensing Users, Processors, and Strong Encryption  
Platform Specifics...
  Linux Mac OSX  

All platforms

General Information

For a list of recent bug fixes and updated contact information, please refer to the Readme.html.

For a list of add-ons and licenses you can obtain for InterBase products, see Chapter 2, Licensing, in the InterBase Operations Guide. You receive all six InterBase user guides in PDF format at the time of purchase.

Check for a variety of information and resources of interest to those who develop and maintain InterBase databases and applications.

Embarcadero maintains several active newsgroups for InterBase users. To access them, go to

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System Requirements/Prerequisites

The following table lists the system requirements for installing and running InterBase.

System Area Requirement
Windows and
OSX Platforms - InterBase XE3
InterBase XE3 64-bit supported on:
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2

  • InterBase XE3 32-bit supported on:
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Visa
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows XP SP3

  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Mac OS X Lion and Mountain Lion (ToGo only)

  • Linux - InterBase XE3 Update 4 InterBase XE3 32-bit supported on:
  • Linux 32-bit RHEL5, RHEL6, and SuSE 11

  • iOS Platforms - InterBase XE3 iPhone 4 and 5 or newer running iOS 5.1 or newer
    iPod 4 or 5 or newer running iOS 5.1 or newer
    iPad 2 and 3 or newer running iOS 5.1 or newer
    Mountain Lion, Lion and their latest supported XCode versions. XCode 4.3 for iOS 5.1, 4.5 for iOS 6, 4.6 for 6.1
    Devices running earlier versions of the OS are not supported
    Android Platforms - InterBase XE3 Android 2.3 and above, specifically:
  • Gingerbread
  • Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Jelly Bean

  • Devices running earlier versions of the OS are not supported
    Product - InterBase XE Windows 7 Enterprise (32-bit)
    Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
    Windows XP SP3
    Windows Server 2009
    Windows Server 2008 R2
    Mac OSX 10.5
    SUSE Linux 10 and 11
    Sun Solaris 10
    Amazon EC2
    Product - InterBase SMP 2009 Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (32-bit)
    Microsoft Windows 2000 (SP4)
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5
    SUSE Linux 10
    Sun Solaris 10
    Processor Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX: Intel x86 or x86-64
    JDK Compatibility - InterBase XE3 All platforms: JDK 6 and 7
    JDK Compatibility - InterBase XE All platforms: JDK 6
    JDK Compatibilit - SMP 2009y All platforms: JDK 1, 4, 5, and 6
    Hard disk space 44 MB for compact installation
    56 MB for full installation (includes PDF help files)

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    Server/Client Compatibility

    InterClient XE3 Update 4 server is certified to work with a compatible InterBase XE3 Update 4 client. Since there are no breaking API changes, earlier versions of InterBase clients may work with the current version of the server also.

    IMPORTANT! Mixing InterBase client and server versions is not supported. It is strongly recommended that compatible client and server versions are used for local connections on Windows.

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    Installation and Registration

    You can install InterBase after downloading it from the web, or by using the InterBase XE3 Update 4 installer (installing from a CD or DVD).

    The InterBase XE3 Update 4 installer installs InterBase on Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX. As part of this installation, you have the opportunity to register the product. InterBase XE3 Update 4 must be registered before you can start the server; though there is a way to use it without registering during the grace period (read below). If the server is started without entering any licensing information an error message with the registration key is logged in interbase.log. This registration code along with your serial number may then be used to register your software on any computer by going to

    Installing and registering the product provides a base level of functionality; the exact level of functionality depends on whether you are installing the Desktop Edition, ToGo Edition, or the Server Edition. It is important to note that the Desktop and ToGo editions are only available for the Windows operating systems.

    To add more users, more processors, or strong encryption, you need to purchase additional appropriate licenses from the Embarcadero shop site or from your sales representative. The license key and registration are explained in the "Licensing" chapter of the Operations Guide. You will find this and the other InterBase books in the <interbase_home>/doc directory. See Licensing users, processors, and strong encryption below for more details.

    Note: For older InterBase version users - InterBase XE3 licenses are not compatible with earlier InterBase version licenses. InterBase XE3 Update 4 requires a new license purchase.

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    Downloading and Installing

    The following instructions guide you through the process of downloading, installing, and registering InterBase XE3 Update 4.

    Note about the InterBase ToGo and IBLite Editions: For information on how to install the ToGo or IBLite Editions, click here to open the InterBase ToGo and IBLite Quick Start.

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    Using the Installer

    The following instructions guide you through the process of installing and registering InterBase using the cross-platform installer. You are encouraged to use this installer when possible. A console (command-line) installer is available for Linux users who have environments that are not compatible with a GUI installer. However, to use the command-line installer on a Solaris or Linux computer, you must also have a copy of X-Windows installed. See Command-line installation for instructions on how to run the installation from a console window.

    1. Preparing to install:
    2. Run the install program:
    3. When you first run the install program, the opening panel displays the following options:
    4. Button What it does
      Install InterBase XE3 Installs the main InterBase XE3 Update 4 product.
      InterBase XE3 on the Web Connects you to
      InterBase Setup Information Displays this file. InterBase strongly recommends that you review this over before proceeding with the installation.
      Exit Exits Installation.
    5. Select Install InterBase XE3.
    6. Select Interbase XE3, click Install, and follow the prompts to accept the license agreement.
    7. In the next panel, choose Architecture 32 or 64. Also select if you want to uniquely identify the instance. The default setting is "No".
    8. In the Select Components panel, choose "Server and Client," "Client Only," or "Register."
    9. The next panel, Destination Location, shows the default location. You can change the location if desired.
    10. In the Start Installation panel, click Next and the installation starts.
    11. Once the installer completes the product installation, the Product Registration dialog displays.
    12. In the Registration panel, enter the Serial Number and Key from the email you received from Embarcadero.
    13. InterBase XE3 Update 4 includes a registration grace period of 14 days if you add a valid serial number after installing the product, but do not choose to register at that time. If you use the License Manager utility to add your serial number, be sure to choose the File > Save command afterward or the grace period will not be in effect.


    1. Enter your Embarcadero Developer Network account credentials in the Login or Email and Password fields. If you have not previously created an EDN account, or have forgotten your password, click I need to create... or I've lost my password.
    2. Click Register and your activation file should be downloaded and installed automatically. If this does not happen, click the Trouble Connecting? link in the Product Registration dialog.

      Click here to view frequently asked questions about registering your InterBase XE3 Update 4 product.

    Install Drivers

    Return to the opening panel if it is still displayed and choose the connectivity drivers that you want to install. Otherwise, run the InterBase installer again and choose the "Install InterBase Connectivity Drivers" button. Choose a driver to install and follow the prompts. Note that the JDBC driver is automatically installed, so it is not displayed as a driver choice.

    The InterBase installer provides the following drivers:

    ADO.NET driver for InterBase
    InterBase ODBC Driver

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    Using the Wise Installer to Embed InterBase

    InterBase XE3 Update 4 includes a Windows/English-only installer to help make embedding InterBase easy. The installer is located in the: Disk1\InstData\Windows\VM directory of the CD and is named, "ib_install.exe".

    Command line options for ib_install.exe:

    You can define custom parameter values (say values.txt):

    MAINDIR - The location of the InterBase Root Directory
    TCP_PORT - default is 3050
    INSTANCE - default is gds_db
    COMPONENTS - This is a comma separated list of the Components that will be installed.
    ARCH - Choose InterBase architecture (32 or 64)

    For example, if the following values are saved in a file named values.txt, and you execute the command: ib_install.exe /s /m=values.txt, you will launch the silent installer with the settings from this file. If the values file is not found, the Silent Install will assume the default values as detailed above.

    You can also provide custom values via such files to the GUI installer by executing ib_install.exe without the /s flag.

    Note: To include a license activation file (*.slip) with your installation, save the activation file into the directory where the ib_install.exe file is located.

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    Installing on Japanese Versions

    Using the Java Installer for Japanese Windows installations.

    Property Files

    The installer is named ib_install.exe on Windows platforms. Using a property file that contains the variables for a specific install can customize the installer. Property files should be placed in the same directory as the installer. Sample property files are available under the extras directory of the InterBase CD.

    Calling the Installer with a Property File

    Windows example (Japanese installation only):

     ib_install.exe -f 


    The mode that InstallAnywhere-based installer should run in:




    The Install set that wish to use:


    The location of the slip file that you will be using for InterBase.




    This is the install location for InterBase.

    The default is C:\\Embarcadero\\InterBase


    Set to No by Default. If you want to take advantage of the InterBase XE3 Update 4 Multi-Instance feature, set MULTI_INSTANCE=Yes. It is important to set the LABEL and PORT variables to something other than the default to not interfere with other version of InterBase running on the system.


    Default is 3050. This only needs to be set if MULTI_INSTANCE is set to Yes. Please choose a Port number that will not interfere with other programs on the server machine.


    Default is gds_db. This only needs to be set if MULTI_INSTANCE is set to Yes.

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    Finishing Up

    This completes your InterBase installation and registration. You now need to install any licenses that you have purchased for users, processors, and Internet use. Please see Licensing Users and Processors for information on licensing.

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    Command-Line Installation

    If your Linux environment does not support the GUI installer, you can use the following steps to perform a console installation.

    Use the InstallAnywhere-based installer. The InstallAnywhere-based installer requires X Window System libraries to be available. If they are not available, you will get the error "Installer User Interface Mode not Supported".

    In addition, InterBase XE has a 14-day grace period for registration, but this feature requires a GUI and is not available to Linux and Solaris installations that do not have a GUI.

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    Installing InterBase

    1. If an InterBase server is running, shut it down and uninstall any previous versions of InterBase.
    2. On your InterBase CD-ROM, go to the directory for your platform (Linux) and run ib_install.bin with the -i flag.
       ib_install.bin -i Console

      Follow the prompts.

    3. When installation is complete, you must register InterBase in order to start the server.

      For some platform-specific issues related to installation, please see the section below:

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    Licensing Users, Processors, and Strong Encryption

    For more information about InterBase options, please visit the Embarcadero InterBase Portal. The Licensing chapter in the Operations Guide PDF manual covers this topic in more detail. You can purchase licenses to enable additional simultaneous users and additional processors through the Embarcadero web site or through your sales representative.

    You will have the following basic functionality after you register:

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    InterBase XE3 Update 4 Support for Linux 32-bit

    InterBase supports Linux 32-bit.

    InterBase XE3 Update 4 Multi-Instance Install Setup

    In a Multi-Instance install the /usr/interbase symbolic link is not automatically created. Set the INTERBASE and LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variables to use that particular instance of InterBase. This does not apply to "single" instance installations.

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    Saving Customization Files

    If you are planning to install the InterBase XE3 Update 4 software over an older version installed on the server machine, and you want to preserve the customization files, copy them to a safe place, for example:

     gbak -b /usr/interbase/admin.ib /tmp/admin.ibk
     cp /usr/interbase/ib_license.dat /tmp 
     cp /usr/interbase/ibconfig /tmp 

    You can skip this step if you haven't customized these files in a previous installation.

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    Saving Older Versions

    If InterBase is running on your server, shut it down. To save the current version, rename the directory, for example:

     mv /usr/interbase /usr/ 

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    Running InterBase as a Service

    To run InterBase as a service, run:

     /usr/interbase/examples/ -s[tart]

    When you choose to run InterBase as a service, the InterBase server starts automatically whenever the machine is running in a multi-user mode.

    To remove InterBase as a service, run:

     /usr/interbase/examples/ -r[emove] 

    You must then start the InterBase server manually whenever you need it.

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    Mac OSX

    InterBase XE3 Update 4 Mac OSX Multi-Instance Install Setup

    In a multi-instance install the /usr/interbase symbolic link is not automatically created to your install location. Set the INTERBASE and DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variables to use that particular instance of InterBase. This does not apply to "single" instance installations.

    Running InterBase as a Service

    When you install the product, InterBase is setup automatically to run as a service. You will notice that the /Library/StartupItems/ folder on your machine has an entry to run the InterBase server whenever the system boots up.

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