Delphi XE7 Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What is Delphi?

Embarcadero® Delphi® XE7 is the fastest way to develop highly connected applications for Windows, OS X, Android, iOS, gadgets, and wearables. Modernize existing Windows applications and create highly connected apps. Deliver high performance, compiled native applications that easily connect with enterprise data, cloud services, devices, sensors, and gadgets.

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

Delphi XE7 is available in five editions – Starter, Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate and Architect. See the Delphi product editions page and feature matrix for details on the differences between the editions.

What's new in Delphi XE7?

Delphi XE7 is a must-have upgrade for all Delphi developers and is the newest version of the award winning, multi-device app development solution for Windows, OS X, iOS, Android, gadgets, and wearables. There are great Windows and VCL features, a new Parallel Programming Library, significant FireMonkey enhancements for building multi-device apps, new Enterprise Mobility Services, and enhancements for connecting with gadgets and wearables, thanks to the new Bluetooth support.

New features include:

  • Parallel Computing Library: Write multi-threaded apps more easily to take advantage of multi-core CPUs and exponentially increase performance; Boost the performance of your existing VCL and FireMonkey applications, with a self-tuning thread pool.
  • FireUI Multi-Device Designer: Use this revolutionary new way to build a single user interface based on a visual form designer that scales and adjusts to different types of devices, form factors, and operating systems.
  • Enterprise Mobility Services (EMS): EMS is a turnkey middleware platform that includes API hosting, data access, and SQL Database access and deployment – serving mobile, desktop and web app clients; Rapidly connect your apps to your enterprise APIs, databases, and services on-premises or in a private cloud.
  • App Connectivity with Internet and Bluetooth: Extend existing Windows apps with mobile companion apps by simply adding a few components to each app; App Tethering components easily connect apps with one another to exchange information or drive remote actions; connect Bluetooth and Bluetooth LE enabled gadgets, like healthcare sensors and wearables, to build unique and domain-specific solutions.

…and much more including quality and performance improvements throughout.

For more detailed information on what's new, see the What's New in Delphi XE7 page.

What does Delphi include?

Delphi – The fastest way to build connected apps for Windows, OS X, iOS, Android and the Internet of Things.

DB PowerStudio 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 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 apps and deploy free. InterBase ToGo is also available (sold separately) for developers who want a more feature rich database to embed in their apps.

Additional Tools – Delphi 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 Delphi 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 Delphi applications

How can I do mobile development with Delphi XE7?

Mobile development features for Android and iOS are available in the following editions of Delphi XE7:

  • Professional + 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 XE7.

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 makes database app development fun again with 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 applications to Oracle, SQL Server, InterBase, DB2, Firebird, SQLite, MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Anywhere, Advantage DB, Access, Informix, DataSnap and more. And now, access to IBLite, InterBase ToGo and SQLite databases from your Delphi Android and iOS apps. 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 Delphi XE7?

FireDAC is included 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.

Are earlier version licenses included with Delphi XE7?

Yes. With Delphi XE7 Professional edition and above, you also get access to licenses for earlier versions – Delphi 2007-XE6, and Delphi 7. See the Delphi Previous Versions web page for further details.

Can I give away or sell my older version licenses?

No. They are considered part of your XE7 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 XE7 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 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. Delphi 6 and earlier were discontinued years ago and we don't have plans to bring them back.

Why can't I manage Delphi 7 licenses via my network license manager?

Those versions used an earlier version of our licensing technology.

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 XE7?

It could be a little confusing for some customers when they purchase Delphi XE7 and receive seven different serial numbers and download links. We tried to keep it simple by just delivering the XE7 license and allowing them to request the other licenses as needed.

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 7, there is a separate download for each localized version.

Where can I purchase Delphi? How much does it cost?

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

What is the License Recharge Plan?

The RAD License Recharge Plan allows you to continually recharge your RAD Studio, Delphi or C++Builder license with every major release at an affordable License Recharge fee for each release. Rather than trying to decide which release to upgrade to each year, with the Recharge Plan you can now stay up-to-date with every release and all the latest new features, OS versions and new device support all year long - all for less than the price of one single annual upgrade. Learn more at http://www.embarcadero.com/products/rad-studio/recharge.

What is Support and Maintenance for Delphi?

Support and Maintenance can be purchased at the time you purchase your Delphi product or upgrade. The support and maintenance agreement gives you a year of upgrades (including major and minor upgrades) 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 Support and Maintenance for Delphi?

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

Where can I get the latest updates for Delphi?

Updates and additional software for Delphi users are available on the registered users download page at http://cc.embarcadero.com/reg/delphi. 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.

Is Delphi available in languages other than English?

Delphi 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.

Which types of licenses are available?

Delphi 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 managed using Embarcadero AppWave provide 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

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 to commercial licenses.

Who qualifies for the upgrade pricing on Delphi XE7?

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.

Upgrade pricing is not available from Academic editions.

How is InterBase licensed in Delphi?

InterBase XE3 Developer Edition is InterBase XE3 Server licensed for up to 20 users (80 database connections). The InterBase software is automatically installed with a default install of Delphi XE7 and licensed with your Delphi XE7 serial number. An InterBase ToGo developer license is also included in your Delphi XE7 license. You can deploy InterBase ToGo for testing purposes using the ToGo Test Deployment serial number included as part of your Delphi order delivery email. This is not available for AppWave 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 Delphi 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, Android and iOS applications.

Where can I find the open source project for the Subversion integration in Delphi?

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/.

What is the support status for different versions of Delphi?

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

Technical Questions

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

Yes. You can develop applications on any of the supported development platforms and deploy your app to any of the supported deployment platforms - even if they are different.

How do the DataSnap Mobile Connectors work? Do I build the full mobile application with Delphi?

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 languages, 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)
  • 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)

What are the system requirements for Delphi XE7?

  • 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 8 or 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Microsoft® Windows 7 SP1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Delphi 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. 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 Delphi XE7 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 Delphi 2009 or later. These operating systems do not support Unicode strings, and Microsoft has dropped support for them.

Applications built with Delphi 2009-XE2 and VCL will run on Windows 2000 or later. Applications built with Delphi XE3-XE5 will run on Windows XP and later. Applications built with Delphi XE6-XE7 will run on Windows 7 later.

Will apps created with Delphi run on all Android devices?

Apps created with Delphi XE7 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.

What are the pre-requisites for installing Delphi?

To install, you will need to have installed on your system:

  • The Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 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.

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 Delphi and you can use MacinCloud to test your iOS apps in the simulator. Access to a physical Mac machine is required for on-device testing.

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.

Do I have to register my copy of Delphi?

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.

Can I open my projects created with earlier versions of Delphi?

Yes, you should be able to do so, depending on the installed components required by your projects. Delphi 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 Delphi XE7?

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

Why do I need to install the Microsoft .NET runtimes and SDK with Delphi?

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 Delphi?

No. Applications produced with Delphi 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 Delphi Architect and the standard ER/Studio product?

The ER/Studio Developer Edition data modeling and visualization in Delphi Architect is a subset of the full ER/Studio. Delphi 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 Delphi 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 Delphi XE7 on a machine with previous versions of RAD Studio, Delphi or C++Builder on it?

Yes, Delphi XE7 coexists nicely with earlier versions of RAD Studio, C++Builder and Delphi.

Are there new COMPILERVERSION and RTLVERSION values defined for Delphi XE7?

Yes. For Delphi XE7, COMPILERVERSION is set to 28.0, and RTLVERSION is set to 28.0.

Can I get certified as a Delphi developer?

Yes. See the Embarcadero Certification Center web page at certification for information on the Delphi developer certification program.