RAD Studio Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to technical questions are available for C++Builder and Delphi on these FAQ pages:

General FAQ

What is Embarcadero RAD Studio?

Embarcadero® RAD Studio 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. Accelerate delivery of user interfaces across multiple form factors with FireUI. Extend existing app solutions with new IoT capabilities including proximity awareness, IoT devices, and sensor data collection, all integrated with Enterprise infrastructure. Access and sync enterprise databases and publish custom public and private REST APIs with analytics using the turn-key Enterprise Mobility Services solution.

What's new in RAD Studio?

RAD Studio XE8 is a must-have upgrade for all developers and is the newest version of the award winning, multi-device app development solution for building connected apps for Windows, OS X, iOS, Android, gadgets, and wearables. There are great Windows and VCL development features, new FireMonkey features and enhancements for building multi-device and mobile apps, and new C++ features including Android app development and 64-bit package support.

For detailed information visit the What's New in RAD Studio XE8 page.

Integrated Compilers and Toolchains
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.

What Does RAD Studio Include?

RAD Studio includes Delphi, C++Builder, HTML5 Builder, plus all of the below items

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 – RAD Studio 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 RAD Studio 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 RAD Studio applications

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

The open source project is located at 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 RAD Studio compare with Appmethod?

See this FAQ for details.

Is Embarcadero RAD Studio similar to or the same as CodeGear RAD Studio and Borland Developer Studio?

Earlier versions of RAD Studio were named Embarcadero RAD Studio XE6, XE5, XE4, XE3, XE2, XE and 2010, CodeGear RAD Studio 2009 and 2007, and Borland Developer Studio 2006.

What is HTML5 Builder?

HTML5 Builder is a visual development environment which enables developers to build web and mobile apps. HTML5 Builder enables Corporate and ISV developers to visually create apps for Web, iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone using a single HTML5, CSS3, PHP and JavaScript codebase. With HTML5 Builder you can build end to end data-driven applications with industry PHP back-ends. You can deploy to a device, web browser, web server or app stores and do both client and server web and mobile development. HTML5 Builder is available exclusively in Embarcadero RAD Studio.

What is the relationship between Embarcadero RadPHP and HTML5 Builder?

HTML5 Builder is the replacement for RadPHP in the Embarcadero product portfolio for Web and Mobile application platforms. 


For more RAD Studio license and versioning information please visit the previous versions page.

Where can I purchase RAD Studio? How much does it cost?

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

Who qualifies for the upgrade pricing on RAD Studio?

For details, please visit our online store and see the upgrade qualifications page.

Academic products do not qualify for upgrade pricing.

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

RAD Studio is available in four editions – Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate and Architect. See  RAD Studio product editions and feature matrix for details on the differences between the editions.

Which types of licenses are available?

RAD Studio 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 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

Are earlier version licenses included with RAD Studio?

Yes. With RAD Studio Professional edition and above, you also get access to licenses for earlier versions – RAD Studio 2007-XE6, and RAD Studio 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 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 7, 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 licenses don't qualify for upgrade pricing to commercial licenses.

What is the support status of different versions of RAD Studio?

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 RAD Studio 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.

How is InterBase licensed in RAD Studio?

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 Delphi or C++Builder in RAD Studio and licensed with your RAD Studio serial number. An InterBase ToGo developer license is also included in your RAD Studio license. You can deploy InterBase ToGo for testing purposes using the InterBase ToGo Test Deployment serial number included as part of your RAD Studio 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 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 Android and iOS applications.

Why don't I get the old Delphi for .NET personality of RAD Studio 2007 as a free additional license?

Delphi for .NET is no longer available and is not available as part of the older version downloads.