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Thank you for using Embarcadero Rapid SQL, the integrated development environment for IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, Sybase, and Teradata database systems. Rapid SQL is your fast path to higher productivity whether you're programming in SQL, PL/SQL, Transact-SQL, HTML or Java. Before you use Rapid SQL, please read the information below.

What's New in Version 8.7/XE6

PostgreSQL Support

Technical Requirements

Hardware Requirements

Operating System Requirements

32-bit versus 64-bit Application Considerations and Restrictions

DBMS Support and Connectivity

Dedicated Support

Generic JDBC/ODBC Connectivity

Specifically-tested JDBC/ODBC Connectivity Products: Apache Hive/Hadoop

Release Notes

Important Advisory Notes

Known Issues

Bug Fixes

Additional Resources

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What's New in Version 8.7/XE6

PostgreSQL Support

This release introduces support for PostgreSQL datasources, PostgreSQL version 9.3 and higher. Connectivity is available with the PostgreSQL ODBC Driver (version 9.02 minimum) or with the pre-packaged PostgreSQL JDBC Driver. Functionality as of the current release is as follows:


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NOTE: Users need full registry privileges during the installation and access to the keys under HKEY_CURRENT_USER in the registry after installation.


Embarcadero Technologies recommends the following minimum hardware requirements:


Rapid SQL supports the following operating systems:

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Use the Group Membership tab to determine your group and review the Microsoft security guidelines. On the Control Panel, open User Accounts. On the Users tab, select a user and then click the Properties button. Click the Group Membership tab.

Vista and Windows 7 Support Notes - Windows Vista UAC and Windows 7 provide two user types: Standard users and Administrators. Rapid SQL can be installed or uninstalled by an administrator or by a standard user using an administrator token. Standard users can run Rapid SQL. For the purpose of running Rapid SQL, default standard user token privileges should not be modified. Modifying standard user token privileges can result in licensing issues which will prevent Rapid SQL from operating properly.


If you install the 64-bit version of Rapid SQL and you are using custom drivers, you must be using 64-bit versions of those drivers when using the 64-bit version of Rapid SQL. Similarly, 32-bit versions of custom drivers must be used with the 32-bit Rapid SQL installation.

If you install the 64-bit version of Rapid SQL and want to interface with your source control system, your source control system must be 64-bit compliant. If you are using a 32-bit source control system, or a 64-bit source control system running in 32-bit compatibility mode, Rapid SQL cannot interface with it.



Rapid SQL provides dedicated connectivity to a specific version range of IBM DB2 for Linux, Unix, and Windows, IBM DB2 for z/OS, InterBase/Firebird, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, Sybase, and Teradata databases. The following connectivity options are provided:

The following table provides a summary of resources/requirements for connectivity to dedicated DBMS platforms. For each platform, it lists supported versions, the client software, driver, or client/driver combination that must be installed if using native Embarcadero clients, and the third-party, Type 4 JDBC drivers packaged with Rapid SQL.

DBMS Platform Supported Versions Client (or driver/client combination) Required for use with Native Embarcadero Drivers Packaged JDBC Driver
Firebird Firebird 2.0 Firebird ODBC Driver Jaybird JDBC Driver
IBM DB2 for z/OS v8, v9, and v10 DB2 UDB Client for Windows 9.0 or later IBM Data Server Driver for JDBC
IBM DB2 for LUW Versions 9.0 - 10.0 IBM DB2 LUW Client for Windows 9.0 or later IBM Data Server Driver for JDBC
InterBase InterBase 2007

InterBase 2009

InterBase XE3

InterBase ODBC Driver Interbase JDBC Driver
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 (All editions including 2005 Express Edition for 32-bit x86 and 64-bit Itanium & x86-64)



Microsoft SQL Server Client Library jTDS Type 4 JDBC Driver for Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server JDBC Driver

MySQL 4.x MySQL Connector/ODBC Driver 5.2.x Driver - MySQL Connector/ODBC driver 3.51.x Driver MySQL Connector/J JDBC Driver
Oracle Oracle 9i, 10g, 11g, and 12c Oracle SQL*Net Client Oracle JDBC Thin Driver
PostgreSQL 9.3 minimum
Specifically-supported PostgreSQL-based database products include Greenplum, Pivotal HAWQ, and BigSQL.
PostgreSQL ODBC Driver (latest version recommended) PostgreSQL JDBC Driver
Sybase ASE Sybase System 12.5 - Sybase 15.7 Sybase Open Client jTDS Type 4 JDBC Driver for Microsoft SQL Server

Sybase jConnect JDBC Driver

Sybase IQ 12.7 - 15.4 SQL Anywhere ODBC drivers for Sybase IQ 12.7

Sybase IQ 32-bit ODBC drivers

Sybase jConnect JDBC Driver for Sybase IQ
Teradata 13.10, 14, and 14.10 Teradata ODBC driver for Windows (version 14 recommended) Teradata JDBC Driver


Generic JDBC/ODBC connectivity to non-dedicated DBMS systems or non-database datasources is also provided. Rapid SQL can connect to a datasource using a customer-provided, third-party JDBC version 3.0 or ODBC version 3.0 driver. Minimal Rapid SQL functionality is provided, including a basic Explorer tree and SQL querying.


Rapid SQL has been successfully tested against Apache Hive/Hadoop datasources using the Hortonworks ODBC driver. Similarly, Cloudera Impala datasources have been tested using the Cloudera JDBC driver. In both cases, SQL querying and a Datasource Navigator tree are available.




  • If the Retain View Settings is enabled and Rapid SQL is shut down with more than 10 datasources actively connected, the application may crash after the next start up. To avoid this, either disable Retain View Settings or ensure that not more than 10 datasources are connected when shutting down.
  • The current version of Rapid SQL does not support the MySQL ODBC client that shipped with previous versions of Rapid SQL. If Rapid SQL crashes after connecting to a MySQL data source:
    1. Close Rapid SQL.
    2. Uninstall the older MySQL ODBC client.
    3. Restart Rapid SQL and try connecting to a MySQL datasource. You are prompted to install the MySQL client drivers.
    4. Follow the installation instructions to install the new driver.
  • Note that when debugging a procedure against an Oracle data source, Rapid SQL performs a compilation before debugging. During a compilation, Oracle invalidates referencing objects. For example, if procedures A2 and A3 both reference procedure A1, debugging procedure A1 in Rapid SQL, will result in procedures A2 and A3 being invalidated.
  • For servers running on Sybase version 12.5.3a, the CREATE ENCRYPTION KEY and DECRYPT permissions do not display properly--they'll be shown as null. See Sybase's document CR392544 ("sp_helpprotect does not show privileges related to encryption keys."). This has been fixed in ASE version 12.5.3a/ESD#1 (now available as a download) and ASE version 12.5.4.
  • When you are using the Debugger:
  • Rapid SQL is currently unable to create table names, column names, and check constraint names longer than 18 characters on an OS390 mainframe database.
  • On SQL Server 2005, the Browser component is disabled by default. With this service disabled, in Rapid SQL you cannot reference SQL Server instances by name, only by port number. If you want the ability to reference SQL Server instances by name, you must enable this service on the server.

    Bugs Fixed in Embarcadero Rapid SQL 8.7.2/XE6
    Issue # Description DBMS
    RAP-5899 [Data Source Management] unable to create Oracle datasources Oracle
    Bugs Fixed in Embarcadero Rapid SQL 8.7.1/XE6

    No customer-reported bugs were fixed for this release.
    Bugs Fixed in Embarcadero Rapid SQL 8.7/XE6
    Issue # Description DBMS
    RAP-5430 SQL tabs of scripts associated with workspaces (1-3) do not persist when application is restarted. This worked in RS742 All
    RAP-5439 Extraction of multiple tables generates wrong code: WITH ( WITH FILLFACTOR=90) SQL Server
    RAP-5832 [SQL Editor] running a query plan get incorrect results when have left over explains in the DB2 explain tables. DB2 LUW
    RAP-5863 [SQL Editor] Rochade database, query result error "Failed to change the catalog on the connection". ALL
    RAP-5864 SQL Installation Issue ALL


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