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The Downloads section at https://www.firebirdsql.org/en/odbc-driver/ clearly identifies the bitness of the various kits available, with the latest release at the top of the page. For example, the 32-bit installer kit for Windows, at the time this document was prepared, was named Firebird_ODBC_2.0.5.156_Win32.exe, indicating that is was the executable installer for the 32-bit version. The following table should help to indicate what you will need. The “N.n.n.xxx” infix used here indicates “Major1.Major2.Minor.Subrelease”. The “Subrelease” part changes the most frequently.

Table 2.1. Firebird ODBC/JDBC Driver Kits

Kit Name Purpose
OdbcJdbc-src-N.n.n.xxx.tar.gz Source code, which is bitness-independent. Recommended for POSIX installs with unusual rules about the location of libraries—instructions below.
Firebird_ODBC_N.n.n.xxx_Win32.exe Executable installer for use with 32-bit client applications. Use this for an initial installation.
Firebird_ODBC_N.n.n.xxx_x64.exe Executable installer for use with 64-bit client applications. Use this for an initial installation.
OdbcFb_DLL_N.n.n.xxx_Win32.zip Zip kit containing just the dynamic and static 32-bit libraries and documentation. This can be used to update the library of an existing installation when the driver is not active. On a 64-bit machine the older version can be found in the folder c:\Windows\SySWOW64 and Administrator privileges will be required to overwrite it.
OdbcFb_DLL_N.n.n.xxx_x64.zip Zip kit containing just the dynamic and static 64-bit libraries and documentation. This can be used to update the library of an existing installation when the driver is not active. On a 64-bit machine the older version can be found in the folder c:\Windows\system32 and Administrator privileges will be required to overwrite it. It will not work on a 32-bit machine.
OdbcFb-LIB-N.n.n.xxx.i686.gz 32-bit binary for a POSIX client, gzipped
OdbcFb-LIB-N.n.n.xxx.amd64.gz 64-bit binary for a POSIX client, gzipped


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