InterBase Product Editions

Which InterBase Edition is right for me?

With InterBase powering Enterprise, standalone, and deeply embedded IoT and mobile solutions, there are 4 full featured editions to choose from to develop the right mix to enhance your software architecture.

Here, we offer a guidance in determining which InterBase edition is best to help you build your solution. With InterBase, it doesn’t matter if you are unsure at first, since it’s easy to move between editions. Often, the best choice is a combination of one or more editions. As you consider your options, you may need help or expert advice along the way. Please don’t hesitate to contact our customer success team.

InterBase Server and InterBase Desktop

If you have multiple users and devices that need to connect to the same data, then InterBase Server is the best choice for the core of your architecture. InterBase Server runs on both Windows or Linux, giving you the flexibility of connecting many different types of devices to the same database.

Many software vendors choose InterBase because it easily scales up to hundreds of concurrent connections. Since it runs equally well on a low-end laptop as it does on a commercial-grade server, it’s a highly flexible solution to accommodate your varying customer demands and mix of resources.

InterBase Desktop has the same core as InterBase Server, except that the license permits only local database connections. As your demand grows, you can easily upgrade InterBase Desktop a network ready solution with InterBase Server.

InterBase ToGo and IBLite

InterBase ToGo is an option for those looking to add data storage to their applications—locally or to by connecting to a remote InterBase Server.

InterBase ToGo is an excellent choice for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac OS applications that need to move data storage offline to:

  • enable offline capabilities for Enterprise solutions
  • reduce network traffic
  • lower data movement costs

With InterBase ToGo, you can also benefit from:

  • Running standalone, encrypted data storage
  • Removing the need to install client drivers

InterBase ToGo and IBLite both contain the same libraries for the InterBase deeply- embeddable database engine. So, when you’re ready, it’s incredibly easy to upgrade from IBLite to InterBase ToGo by simply replacing the license file!

InterBase Deployment – Installed / Embedded / Deeply Embedded?

Installing InterBase takes only a few minutes. Both InterBase Server and Desktop are installable through a standalone installer. Or, you can silently embed either version into your own Installer.

InterBase ToGo and IBLite do not require an installer, since the InterBase kernel is deeply embedded inside your application during development—simply by linking to the InterBase libraries.

InterBase Edition Comparison

The table below is a side-by-side comparison of the 4 distributable versions of InterBase. Not shown here are the free 90 day InterBase trial or the free developer edition—which has support for up to 20 users / 80 connections.

Attribute DescriptionIBLiteInterBase ToGoInterBase DesktopInterBase Server
Platforms Android, iOS,
Windows, OS X
Android, iOS,
Windows, OS X
Windows Windows, Linux 32bit and 64bit
Licensing of CPU Cores 1 4 4 8
Maximum simultaneous users 1 1 1 1 to Unlimited
Number of connections per user 1 8 8 4
Access local database from clients on remote systems No No No Yes
Connect to server hosting database on remote systems Yes Yes Yes Yes
TCP listening server No No No Yes
Strong (256bit AES) database and column encryption No encryption Yes Yes Yes
Strong network (SSL) encryption No encryption Yes Yes Yes
Able to import add-on licenses No No No Yes
Database file size limitation 100MB No limit No limit No limit
Change Views No Yes Yes Yes
Journaling and Journal Archives No No No Yes

Case Studies by Edition Mix

Still unsure about which InterBase edition is best for you? If so, read these selected customer stories or visit our case studies page to learn how others are benefiting from InterBase


InterBase Server

More than 5,000 Bsoft customers use AJUR to provide financial reports to tax authorities and various other stakeholders. They also use AJUR as well as to closely manage their supply chains.

Their customers include major enterprises such as Overgas Holding, Sinergon Holding, Armeets, Cargill, PwC and the Bulgarian Military.

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We evaluated many database technologies and InterBase had the right mix of ease of use, speed, high performance, security and scalability for our needs.

Valentin Bonev Managing Partner, Project Manager and CIO

Spinali Design Connected Swimwear

InterBase ToGo / IBLite

Spinali Design develop the connected bikini. They have embedded InterBase into their supporting mobile application to collect and safely store the data from the Bluetooth connect towels, keeping their customers safe in the sun.

Management Plus

InterBase Server and InterBase ToGo

Management Plus deliver leading medical software with a mix of InterBase Server and InterBase ToGo powering their mobile applications for opticians.

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Delphi and InterBase have done a great job in helping us develop products that are affordable, stable and easy to maintain. Every release gets faster and faster. It’s so feature rich, we can create the extensive database functions we need. Delphi and InterBase have allowed us to do pretty much everything we want with a small team.

Bryan Thorell CIO