C++Builder Frequently Asked Questions

What is C++Builder?

Embarcadero® C++Builder® Seattle is the fastest way to build and update data-rich, hyper connected, visually engaging applications for Windows 10, Mac, Mobile, IoT and more using Standard C++. Quickly and easily update VCL and FMX applications to Windows 10 with the new Windows 10 VCL Controls, Styles, and Universal Windows Platform services components. Enjoy an enhanced development experience with double the available memory for large projects, high DPI 4k monitor support, and enhanced Object Inspector. C++Builder enables developers to deliver applications up to 5x faster across multiple desktop, mobile, cloud, and database platforms including 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 10.

What's new in C++Builder?

For detailed information visit the What's New in C++Builder page.

What does C++Builder include?

C++Builder - The Standard C++ Application Development Platform for Windows 10, Mac, Mobile and IoT.

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

Is C++Builder available in languages other than English?

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.


Where can I purchase C++Builder? How much does it cost?

You can view pricing and purchase C++Builder from Embarcadero Sales, one of our valuable partners, or our online Embarcadero Shop site.

What is Update Subscription for C++Builder?

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.

Why is it important to buy Update Subscription for C++Builder?

With Update Subscription, you get the latest feature updates and upgrades as they are released. The mobile functionality in C++Builder may have frequent upgrades and feature updates. Update Subscription is generally the most cost effective way to stay up-to-date with the latest versions.

Where can I get the latest updates for C++Builder?

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.

Who qualifies for the upgrade pricing on C++Builder?

You can visit our online store and the upgrade qualifications page.

Academic products do not qualify for upgrade pricing.

Which editions are available and what are the differences between the editions?

C++Builder is available in five editions – Starter, Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate and Architect. See the C++Builder product editions page and feature matrix for details on the differences between the editions.

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.

Which types of licenses are available?

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
  • Network licenses managed by Flexera FlexNet are available on a special request basis.
  • Academic individual licenses for students and educators as well as volume licenses for classroom use

Are earlier version licenses included with C++Builder?

Yes. With C++Builder Professional edition and above, you get access to licenses for older versions – C++Builder 2007 or later and C++Builder 6. See the C++Builder Previous Versions web page for further details.

Can I give away or sell my older version licenses?

No. They are considered part of your license and are tied to your user account. They cannot be given away or sold.

If I already had an earlier version and requested my free earlier version license, why do you send my same earlier version serial number again instead of a second one?

Your earlier version license, and the version 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.

If I buy an Architect or Ultimate edition, why do I only get Enterprise editions of some of the older licenses?

Some of those earlier products are only available as Professional and Enterprise editions. 

Why is there a limit of 180 days to request my earlier version licenses?

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.

Which localized languages are the older versions available in?

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.

What are the limitations of the Academic editions?

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.

Academic products do not qualify for upgrade pricing.

What is the support status of different versions of C++Builder?

See the Supported Versions List for the latest information by version.

Why do I have to request the older serial numbers and downloads separately? Why don't you just send them all at once when I buy?

It could be a little confusing for some customers when they purchase C++Builder and receive seven different serial numbers and download links. We tried to keep it simple by just delivering the license for the purchased version and allow you to request the other licenses as needed.

Why can't I get version 2006 or the much older versions?

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.

Why can't I manage C++Builder 6 licenses via my network license manager?

That version used an earlier version of our licensing technology.

Do I have to register my copy of C++Builder?

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.

How is InterBase licensed in C++Builder?

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.

Technical FAQ

Where can I find the open source project for the Subversion integration in C++Builder?

The open source project is http://sourceforge.net/projects/radstudioverins/. The repository for the open source code is available from the "Code" tab when you're logged in to SourceForge web site or at https://radstudioverins.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/radstudioverins/trunk/.

How does C++Builder compare with Appmethod?

See this FAQ for details.

How can I do mobile development with C++Builder?

Mobile development features for iOS are available in the following editions of C++Builder:

  • Professional with Mobile Add-On Pack
  • Enterprise
  • Ultimate
  • Architect

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.

What is FireDAC?

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.

How can I get FireDAC for C++Builder?

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.

Can I develop applications on one version of Windows and deploy to others?

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).

How do the DataSnap Mobile Connectors work? Do I build the full mobile application with C++Builder?

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.

Which platforms and devices are supported with the DataSnap Mobile Connectors?

The following mobile platforms are currently supported by the various DataSnap Connectors:

  • Android 2.x, 3.x, or 4.x (Java)
  • Windows Phone 7 (C# Silverlight--all devices compatible with the platform)
  • NEW iOS 7 and 8 (Objective-C)

What are the system requirements for C++Builder ?

  • 1 GB RAM (2 GB+ recommended)
  • 3-30 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 10 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • 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, 8 or 10

Installation Prerequisite
The following software will automatically be installed if it not already present on operating system:

  • The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
  • The Microsoft Visual J 2.0 Redistributable Package
  • Windows Internet Explorer® 6.0 or higher
  • MSXML 6

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).

Will applications built with C++Builder run on older versions of Windows including Windows Vista, XP, 2000, 95, 98 and Me?

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.

Will Android apps created with C++Builder run on all Android devices?

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.

Can I develop OS X and iOS apps if I don't have a Mac computer on site?

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.

Can I write a single application to deploy to both Windows and OS X using C++Builder and FireMonkey?

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.

I'm wondering about moving my existing code to Unicode. What do I need to do?

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.

Can I open my projects created with earlier versions of C++Builder?

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.

Can I develop .NET applications with C++Builder?

No. C++Builder produces native Windows and OS X. You can import .NET assemblies as COM objects, but the code produced by C++Builder is strictly native code.

Why do I need to install the Microsoft .NET runtimes and SDK with C++Builder?

Some of the functionality of the IDE requires these software packages.

Will my users / customers need the .NET runtimes / SDK in order to run my apps built with C++Builder?

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.

What are the differences between the ER/Studio Developer Edition data modeling capabilities in C++Builder Architect and the standard ER/Studio product?

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.

Can I install C++Builder on a machine with previous versions of RAD Studio, Delphi or C++Builder on it?

Yes, C++Builder coexists nicely with earlier versions of RAD Studio, C++Builder and Delphi.

Is the C++Builder 64-bit compiler available and how can I get it?

Yes, the 64-bit Windows compiler is included in C++Builder.

What do I need to do to move my existing 32-bit C++Builder applications to 64-bit?

The C++Builder 64-bit information page has videos, information, resources and tips on creating 64-bit applications with C++Builder.

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