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™ 10 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 Object Pascal and 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, enhanced multi-monitor support, RAD Studio 10 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 RAD Studio?

For detailed information visit the What's New in RAD Studio 10 Seattle page.

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
  • 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 XE8, XE7, 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. 

LICENSE & VERSION FAQ


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-XE8, 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.