[Lazarus] Favourite stand-alone db file?

Chavoux Luyt chavoux at gmail.com
Wed Nov 22 06:07:02 CET 2017


I remember that years ago in Delphi I often used Paradox (less often dBase)
to create a small stand-alone database with my Delphi desktop programs. It
had tge advantage of
1. using Delphi database controls,
2. no need for a database server or DBMS to be installed on the client's
machine (= less resources),
3. having the ability to deploy the database (basically the DB file(s) (I
think it was one file per table), a .dll and a setup file telling the
program where the db is stored (and links between tables?)) all together in
a single install file (Installshield most of the time, sometimes a custom
self-extracting file).

I am sure that Lazarus must still be used for these kind of quick-and-easy
small stand-alone desktop applications. But what is your favourite
small/embedded database for this kind of once-off personal programs these
days, and why? Preferably something that can be used on both Linux and
Windows without the need for ODBC or similar.

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