How to install Firebird in Ubuntu?

Firebird is a database server and can be considered as an alternative to MySQL. Let’s see the various Firebird packages available in Ubuntu

$ apt-cache search firebird
libdbi-perl - Perl Database Interface (DBI)
dbi-link - A partial implementation of SQL/MED to PostgreSQL
firebird2.1-classic - Firebird Classic Server - an RDBMS based on InterBase 6.0 code
firebird2.1-common - common files for firebird 2.1 servers and clients
firebird2.1-common-doc - copyright, licensing and changelogs of firebird2.1
firebird2.1-dev - Development files for Firebird - an RDBMS based on InterBase 6.0 code
firebird2.1-doc - Documentation files for firebird database version 2.1
firebird2.1-examples - Examples for Firebird - an RDBMS based on InterBase 6.0 code
firebird2.1-server-common - common files for firebird 2.1 servers
firebird2.1-super - Firebird Super Server - an RDBMS based on InterBase 6.0 code
firebird2.5-classic - Firebird Classic Server - an RDBMS based on InterBase 6.0 code
firebird2.5-classic-common - common files for firebird 2.5 "classic" and "superclassic" servers
firebird2.5-common - common files for firebird 2.5 servers and clients
firebird2.5-common-doc - copyright, licnesing and changelogs of firebird2.5
firebird2.5-dev - Development files for Firebird - an RDBMS based on InterBase 6.0 code
firebird2.5-doc - Documentation files for firebird database version 2.5
firebird2.5-examples - Examples for Firebird - an RDBMS based on InterBase 6.0 code
firebird2.5-server-common - common files for firebird 2.5 servers
firebird2.5-super - Firebird Super Server - an RDBMS based on InterBase 6.0 code
firebird2.5-superclassic - Firebird SupecClassic Server - an RDBMS based on InterBase 6.0 code
flamerobin - graphical database administration tool for Firebird DBMS
gambas2-gb-db-firebird - The Firebird driver for the Gambas database component
libfbclient2 - Firebird client library
libfbembed2.1 - Firebird embedded client/server library
libfbembed2.5 - Firebird embedded client/server library
libib-util - Firebird UDF support library
libmono-firebirdsql1.7-cil - Mono FirebirdSql library

Thus you can see two versions Firebird2.1 and Firebird2.5.

Let’s install the latest version. You can install either Firebird-classic or Firebird super.

$ sudo apt-get install firebird2.5-classic

This will also install firebird2.5-classic-common firebird2.5-server-common packages. After installation, the Firebird server will be started.

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