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Opening Interbase Databases


Interbase database files usually have .gdb or .ib extension. You can open them by several ways:

1. Opening through FD interface. Select FD interface, click Interbase, then fill all needed database parameters. Consult with your database administrator on how to choose correct parameters.

Example of configuring a database connection:

(colored are required parameters)

Vendor libraryC:\Program Files\InterBaseXE3\bin\gds32.dll
OS authenticationNo
User nameSYSDBA
SQL command separator^

2. Opening through Interbase interface. Select Interbase interface and fill all needed database parameters.

3. Opening through connection string. Select ADO interface, then choose Connection string option and write a connection string. This way is very flexible and allows to specify many additional parameters in the connection string and override standard Database Tour connection behavior. It is recommended for advanced users. Here are basic connection strings (more examples and details can be found in the Internet):

provider=sibprovider;location=localhost:;data source=C:\MyData\My_db.gdb;user id=SYSDBA;Password=masterkey;   (SIBPROvider Interbase OLE DB Provider must be installed)

Driver={INTERSOLV InterBase ODBC Driver (*.gdb)};Server=localhost;Database=localhost:C:\MyData\My_db.gdb;Uid=myUsername;Pwd=myPassword;   (Intersolv InterBase ODBC Driver must be installed)

Driver={Easysoft IB6 ODBC};Server=localhost;Database=localhost:C:\MyData\My_db.gdb;Uid=myUsername;Pwd=myPassword;   (Easysoft ODBC Driver must be installed)

DRIVER=Firebird/InterBase(r) driver;Uid=myUsername;Pwd=myPassword;DBNAME=C:\MyData\My_db.gdb;   (IBPhoenix Open Source ODBC Driver must be installed)

4. Opening through ODBC DSN. Create (if it does not exist yet) an ODBC DSN of the corresponding type using Windows administrative tools, and point it to the database. Then:

- Select FD interface, click ODBC, then point the Data source parameter to the ODBC DSN by selecting it from the drop-down list.


- Select ADO or BDE interface, then choose ODBC data source option and then select the needed ODBC DSN from the drop-down list.

5. Opening through BDE alias. Select BDE interface, then choose Alias option and then select the needed alias from the drop-down list. But first, you should create the alias of type INTRBASE using BDE Administrator tool or Tools | BDE | Aliases menu of Database Tour, and point it to the database file.

6. Opening by specifying file name. Select ADO or BDE interface, then choose File option and then specify the file name.


  1. Interbase client must be installed. The bit-version of it (32 or 64) must match the bit-version of the application.
  2. When choosing the ODBC option, please make sure the corresponding ODBC driver installed and the bit-version of it matches the bit-version of the application (32 or 64).

See also

 Examples of ADO Connection Strings

 Opening Firebird Databases