Connect to Informix (FireDAC)

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This topic describes how to connect to Informix database.

Supported Versions

The FireDAC native driver supports Informix version 8 and later.

Windows Client Software

FireDAC requires the IBM INFORMIX ODBC DRIVER x86 or IBM INFORMIX ODBC DRIVER (64-bit) x64 ODBC driver to be installed on the workstation. These drivers are part of the Informix Client SDK, and they can be downloaded from the following locations:

After installing, run <client>\bin\setnet32 to register the database servers.

If the Informix ODBC driver has not been properly installed, an exception is raised when you try to connect:

[FireDAC][Phys][ODBC][Microsoft][ODBC Driver Manager] Data source name not found and no default driver specified

Driver Linkage

To link the driver:

Connection Definition Parameters

An Informix database server must be registered on the client workstation using "<client>\bin\setnet32" utility. To connect to the registered database, an application should specify its name using the Server parameter. Also specify Database, User_Name and Password parameters (see Defining Connection (FireDAC) for details).


Parameter Description Example value
Server Registered database server name. ol_informix1170
Database Database name. sysuser
User_Name The Informix user name. informix
Password The DB user password. Note that passwords with both '{' and '}' are not supported. i
ReadTimeout Controls the amount of time, in seconds, before an application times out while attempting to read from a connection (0 specifies an infinite wait). For example, when fetching rows. 30
WriteTimeout Specifies the number of seconds that determines how long the application will attempt to send data to the server before the Informix ODBC driver closes connection (0 specifies an infinite wait).The default value is 0. 30
LoginTimeout Controls the amount of time, in seconds, before an application times out while attempting to establish a connection (0 specifies an infinite wait). 30
CharacterSet Specifies client locale (CLOC ODBC parameter). en_US.CP1252

Defines how to represent String values:

  • ANSI -- always represents as ftString / ftMemo (default).
  • Unicode -- always represents as ftWideString / ftWideMemo.
ODBCAdvanced Allows you to specify any other additional ODBC connection parameter value. The default value is "IGNOREWARNINGS=1".
MetaDefSchema Default schema name. The design time code excludes the schema name from the object name if it is equal to MetaDefSchema. informix
TxSupported Specifies if the Informix database supports SQL transactions or not.
  • Yes. The Informix database supports transactions.
  • No. The Informix database does not support transactions.
  • Choose. The ODBC driver queries the database, and sets the proper value for this parameter (depending on whether the Informix database supports transactions or not).

Use Cases

  • Connect to Informix database server:

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