Last updated: December 2013.
This document states the current development activities of the project and establishes the estimated release schedule for the foreseeable future. It's getting periodically updated in order to be in line with the reality.
The project's development resources are currently dedicated to the v2.5 and v3.0 series, with the v2.1 series being maintained on the regular basis. Firebird v2.0 series has been discontinued, so no further maintenance releases will be available. The last release in this series is Firebird 2.0.7
For more details about the anticipated releases, read on. Stable Releases
Currently supported stable releases are: Firebird 2.1 (appeared in 2008) and Firebird 2.5 (appeared in 2010). Series 2.1.x
|The release policy for these versions declares a maintenance cycle of one point release per year. All kinds of bugfixes and performance regression fixes are allowed inside its codebase. |
The latest point release currently available is v2.1.5. Explore its download location or documentation.
v2.1.6 is the next point release to come, it's scheduled for Q1 2014. Follow the "Track Details" icon for the list of bugfixes scheduled for this version.
Accordingly to the project release policy, v2.1.6 is likely to be the last release in the v2.1.x series which will be discontinued afterwards.
New Development: version 3.0
|Version series 2.5.x is the last one released by the project and thus it has the highest priority in terms of the bug fixing, with a maintenance cycle of two point releases per year. All kinds of bugfixes and performance improvements are possible inside its codebase, including ports to new platforms. |
The latest point release currently available is v2.5.2. Explore its download location or documentation.
v2.5.3 is the next point release to come, it's scheduled for Q1 2014. Follow the "Track Details" icon for a list of bugfixes scheduled for this version.
|Firebird 3.0 represents the project's next milestone release and it currently gets the most of the development efforts. It's going to offer some important and highly anticipated features that were promised for a long time already. |
The complete feature set is not agreed on yet, so please follow the development mailing list if you're interested. You're also welcome to vote for your favorite tickets in the Firebird Issue Tracker.
- Revised architecture, including new authentication and configuration subsystems;
- Scalable (SMP/multi-core friendly) multi-threaded engine with the shared page cache;
- New ODS (version 12) with new system and monitoring tables;
- External (Java, C++, etc) stored procedures/triggers/functions;
- Reworked optimizer and new data access methods;
- Security enhancements;
- Various SQL extensions.
Unstable v3.0 builds can be downloaded from the snapshot area. Please beware that the ODS (on-disk structure) hasn't been finalized yet, so databases could be incompatible between different unstable builds and you'll have to either recreate them or migrate them via backup/restore.
- Alpha 1 has been released in August 2013;
- The next testing release (Alpha 2) is expected in Q1 2014 with Beta 1 following in Q2 2014.
Use the "Track Details" icon to discover the list of tasks currently scheduled for v3.0 Alpha 2.