Embarcadero® C++Builder XE8 is the complete software development solution for rapidly designing, coding, and extending "connected" apps across Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and IoT. Build industrial strength and Business ready solutions incorporating multiple native client platforms, mobile extensions, smart devices, cloud services, Enterprise and embedded data. Create fast native apps for Windows, OS X and mobile from one codebase.
For more detailed information on what's new in C++Builder XE8, see the What's New in C++Builder XE8 page.
New features include:
- Integrated Compilers and Toolchains: New in XE8! Support for iOS Universal Apps (including both 32 bit and 64 bit binaries in an app bundle)
- FMX Application Platform (FireMonkey): FireUI Mobile Previews, New platform controls for iOS, MapView component, WebBrowser component for Windows and OSX, improved mixing of platform and styled components, ImageList Component, Lollipop specific styles, application analytics support, and proximity support based on Beacon technology…
- Visual Component Library (VCL): Font scaling improvements, application analytics support, app tethering extensions and protocol enhancements…
- Language and Runtime Library Features: iOS 64-bit API headers and RTL integration for Delphi and C++, Box2D physics engine, Object Pascal interfaces for the Box2D physics engine, native HTTP(s) client library support on Windows, OSX, and mobile platforms (iOS Android)…
- Personal Developer Productivity: GetIt Package Manager for easy discovery, download and update of source code libraries, components, and other features from Embarcadero Getit server; Configuration settings migration tool, to migrate configurations of older versions of the product to a newer version, or between different installations of the same version; New coding enhancements include code refactoring, live syntax checking, metrics, structural code highlighting, parenthesis matching, flow control highlighting, and code analysis. It all adds up to a more productive developer and to help better understand team productivity and code quality.
- Source Code Management: Version Insight – Integrated framework for supporting source code management tooling inside the IDE; Subversion integration into the IDE, including change list labels, SVN merge dialog, branches switching and more; Git version control integration into the IDE, now including authentication, Push and Pull changes to and from remote repositories; Mercurial version control integration into the IDE (supports cloning your remote repository, commit changes locally, show log data) …
- Integrated Unit Testing: Integrated unit testing with the DUnitX testing framework…
- Enterprise Mobility Services: EMS Push Notifications server support for iOS and Android; Improved analytics for users and groups; EMS client application to manage user accounts…
...and much more including quality and performance improvements throughout.
For more information on the newest features in C++Builder, be sure to visit the C++Builder What's New page and the feature matrix.
Yes, the 64-bit Windows compiler is included in C++Builder.
- C++Builder - The fastest way to build connected C++ apps for Windows, OS X, iOS, Android, gadgets, and wearables.
- DB PowerStudio XE5 Dev edition (in Ultimate edition only) – DB PowerStudio provides fast SQL database development, database change management, SQL profiling, and SQL tuning
- ER/Studio 9.5 Developer Edition (in Architect edition only) – ER/Studio helps data architects discover, document, and re-use data assets and gives you the power to easily reverse-engineer, analyze, and optimize existing databases.
- InterBase Developer Edition and InterBase ToGo (in C++Builder Professional edition and above) – InterBase Developer Edition provides developers with the best cross-platform database to build and test database applications for embedded and SME applications.
- IBLite database for Windows, OS X, Android and iOS with free deployment license (in Professional with Mobile Add-On, Enterprise, Ultimate and Architect editions) – Use this new edition of InterBase in your mobile apps and deploy free. InterBase ToGo is also available (sold separately) for developers who want a more feature rich database with encryption to embed in their apps.
- Additional Tools- C++Builder includes a comprehensive set of additional tools to help you do more than ever before. These are generally special editions of the tools created to be bundled with C++Builder and the feature sets may differ from the full commercial versions.
- FastReport VCL RAD edition and FastReport FireMonkey Embarcadero Edition from Fast Reports so you can quickly design and generate reports
- TeeChart Standard from Steema provides quick and easy-to-use charting components
- CodeSite Express logging tools for building quality applications
- AQtime Standard from SmartBear for performance profiling
- Beyond Compare Text Compare lets you view differences between source files
- IntraWeb from Atozed for building web applications in the same way you build C++Builder applications
Mobile development features for iOS are available in the following editions of C++Builder :
- Professional with Mobile Add-On Pack
Professional edition without the Mobile Add-On Pack and Starter edition do not support mobile development.
Mobile development features are also included in all editions of Embarcadero RAD Studio .
DataSnap Mobile Connectors are available in Enterprise edition and above.
When developing for iOS, you will also need a Mac computer for development and running in the simulator. You will need an Apple Developer account to test and deploy to iOS devices. Additional details are available in the online and product documentation.
FireDAC provides easy-to-use, high performance, multi-device enterprise database connectivity for Delphi, C++Builder and RAD Studio. With its powerful universal architecture FireDAC enables direct access from your application from your Windows, iOS and OS X applications to Oracle, SQL Server, InterBase, DB2, Firebird, SQLite, IBLite, MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Anywhere, Advantage DB, Access, Informix, DataSnap and more. In addition to blazing speed and universal access, FireDAC also supports vendor specific database features as well as deployment across multiple client operating systems and device platforms.
FireDAC is include as part of the install. Features vary by edition with local/embedded database connectivity to select databases in Professional edition and local/embedded plus enterprise database connectivity in Enterprise edition or higher, or with purchase of the Client/Server Add-On Pack for Professional. More information is available at http://www.embarcadero.com/products/rad-studio/firedac.
Yes. With C++Builder Professional edition and above, you get access to licenses for older versions – C++Builder 2007-XE7 and C++Builder 6. See the C++Builder Previous Versions web page for further details.
No. They are considered part of your license and are tied to your user account. They cannot be given away or sold.
Your earlier version license and the XE8 you upgrade to are considered one named user license that covers both versions. If you already own an earlier version and go to the web page and request the same version license, you will just get a re-send of your existing serial number.
Some of those earlier products are only available as Professional and Enterprise editions.
Version 2006 included some third party licensed code that we are no longer able to ship. C++Builder 5 and earlier were discontinued years ago and we don't have plans to bring them back.
That version used an earlier version of our licensing technology.
We can't guarantee that the older versions will be available indefinitely, so you should be sure to download your earlier version software and licenses within 180 days.
The earlier versions are available in English, French, German and Japanese. For versions 2007 and later, there is a single download and you choose the language at install time. For version 6, there is a separate download for each localized version.
Update Subscription can be purchased at the time you purchase your C++Builder product or upgrade. The Update Subscription agreement gives you a year of upgrades (including major version releases) and a specified number of support incidents. See the Support dropdown menu item of our web site for additional information.
Updates and additional software for C++Builder users are available on the registered users download page at http://cc.embarcadero.com/reg/c_builder. More major new feature upgrades are available only to users with current Maintenance agreements. Notifications for those upgrades are delivered via email and the upgrades can be downloaded via the Maintenance Portal web site by following the instructions in the email.
C++Builder is available in English, French, German and Japanese. The installer lets you choose any combination of languages and it's easy to switch between languages in the IDE.
C++Builder is available with multiple licensing options including:
- Individual named user licenses delivered via electronic software delivery (ESD) as a download and serial number. Discounted 5-packs and 10-packs are also available.
- Network Named and Concurrent user licenses which provides the additional flexibility of managing licenses on a license server plus software provisioning
- Academic individual licenses for students and educators as well as volume licenses for classroom use
The Academic edition can be used only for learning in an academic or classroom environment. Educational institutions cannot use the academic version to produce software for use within their institution. Academic products do not qualify for upgrade pricing to commercial licenses.
You can visit our online store at https://store.embarcadero.com to see the upgrade qualifications or http://www.embarcadero.com/upgrade-requirements-and-return-policy.
Academic products do not qualify for upgrade pricing.
InterBase XE7 Developer Edition is InterBase XE7 Server licensed for up to 20 users (80 database connections). The InterBase software is automatically installed with a default install of C++Builder and licensed with your C++Builder serial number. An InterBase ToGo developer license is also included in your C++Builder license. You can deploy InterBase ToGo for testing purposes using the InterBase ToGo Test Deployment serial number included as part of your C++Builder order delivery email. This is not available for Network license users.
When you're ready to deploy applications using InterBase, Embarcadero offers a variety of editions (Desktop, Server and To-Go) and a variety of licensing options (flexible server licensing, multi-packs and OEM licensing). Contact Embarcadero Sales or partners for more information. See the license terms in the C++Builder license.rtf file for additional licensing details.
To obtain your free IBLite deployment license, use the IBLite serial number in your order delivery email and follow the instructions to generate a license file that you will use to distribute IBLite with your Windows, OS X, iOS and Android applications.
Yes. You develop applications on the Windows OS that is most productive for you, so you can develop applications on your choice of operating systems (Windows 8, Windows 7, Server 2012 or Server 2008).
Yes. You can create a single application and deploy to Windows and OS X. You can also create iOS and Android mobile apps from the same codebase.
The DataSnap Mobile Connector feature generates connectivity code that you can incorporate into mobile applications for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7. You develop your mobile applications using the standard development tools and languages for each platform such as Objective C with the Xcode IDE for iOS, Java for Android and Blackberry, or Silverlight for Windows Phone 7. You then use the DataSnap Mobile Connector code to provide connectivity to your native C++Builder or Delphi DataSnap server.
The following mobile platforms are currently supported by the various DataSnap Connectors:
- Android 2.x, 3.x, or 4.x (Java)
- BlackBerry Java SDK 5 and 6 (Java)
- Windows Phone 7 (C# Silverlight--all devices compatible with the platform)
- iOS 4.x, 5.x, 6.x (Objective-C)
- 1 GB RAM (2 GB+ recommended)
- 3-27 GB free hard disk space depending on edition and configuration
- DVD-ROM drive (if installing from a Media Kit DVD)
- Basic GPU – Any vendor DirectX 9.0 class or better (Pixel Shader Level 2)
- Intel® Pentium® or compatible, 1.6 GHz minimum (2GHz+ recommended)
- 1024x768 or higher-resolution monitor
- Mouse or other pointing device
- Microsoft® Windows 8 or 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
- Microsoft® Windows 7 SP1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
- C++Builder can also be run on OS X by using a virtual machine (VM) such as VMware Fusion or Parallels hosting Windows 7 or 8
For developing 64-bit Windows applications
PC running a 64-bit version of Windows or a 32-bit development PC connected with a PC running a 64-bit version of Windows
For developing OS X applications
PC running Windows connected with an Intel-based Mac or a Mac running Windows in a VM, with 2 GB RAM or more, running OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
For developing iOS applications
PC running Windows connected with an Intel-based Mac or a Mac running Windows in a VM, with 2 GB RAM or more, running OS X 10.9 or 10.8 with Xcode 5.0 or 5.1.1. An Apple Developer account is required to deploy iOS apps to physical devices.
Supported deployment platforms
PCs and tablets with Intel/AMD processors running Windows 7 SP1, 8, 8.1, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012. Macs running OS X 10.8 or 10.9. iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch running iOS 7 Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 & 2012. Android phones and tablets: ARMv7 devices with NEON support, running Android Gingerbread (2.3.3-2.7), Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3, 4.0.4), Jelly Bean (4.1.x, 4.2.x, 4.3.x) or KitKat (4.4.x).
Because of the use of Unicode as the default string type, Windows 98, 95, and ME will not run applications produced with C++Builder 2009 or later. These operating systems do not support Unicode strings, and Microsoft has dropped support for them.
Applications built with C++Builder 2009-XE2 and VCL will run on Windows 2000 or later. Applications built with C++Builder XE3-XE5 will run on Windows XP and later. Applications built with C++Builder XE6-XE8 will run on Windows 7 or later.
Apps created C++Builder are designed to run on Android phones and tablets: ARMv7 devices with NEON FPU support, running Android Gingerbread (2.3.3-2.7), Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3, 4.0.4), Jelly Bean (4.1.x, 4.2.x, 4.3.x) or KitKat (4.4.x). Compatibility may vary based on device hardware and specs. Click here for more details on the supported Android versions and devices, including devices we have tested.
To install, you will need to have the following installed on your system:
- The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 or higher
- The Microsoft Visual J# 2.0 Redistributable Package
- Windows Internet Explorer® 6.0 or higher
- MSXML 6
The installer will install the prerequisite software if you don't already have it installed.
You can use an online service like MacinCloud to run OS X apps that you create with C++Builder. Access to a physical Mac machine is required for iOS on-device testing.
Most existing code will work fine using the new default UnicodeString. Code that does byte level manipulation of string data, or that carries data in string variables probably needs to be examined and perhaps updated to account for the new character sizes inherent in Unicode string data. For more information, see the documentation and Embarcadero Developer Network for information about moving existing code to Unicode.
Yes. When you first run the product, a small application will open and ask you to register the product. Once that is done, and your product key is validated, then your product will be registered and installed.
Yes, you should be able to do so, depending on the installed components required by your projects. C++Builder uses the MSBuild system for the build engine, and thus requires a new project file if you are upgrading from version 2007 or earlier. However, the IDE will seamlessly update your projects to the new format.
Some of the functionality of the IDE requires these software packages.
No. Applications produced with C++Builder do not require any .NET runtime support. The product produces native compiled Windows applications based on the Windows API.
The ER/Studio Developer Edition data modeling and visualization in C++Builder Architect is a subset of the full ER/Studio. C++Builder Architect doesn't include metadata import/export capabilities or access to ER/Studio team repository servers. It includes limited reporting functionality (HTML only). The ER/Studio functionality in C++Builder Architect supports a specific set of databases in line with those supported by dbExpress, while the full ER/Studio products offer flexible configurations for those databases and more.
Yes, C++Builder coexists nicely with earlier versions of RAD Studio, C++Builder and Delphi.