Database Workbench

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Database Workbench
Screenshot of Database Workbench 5.04.png
Original author(s)Upscene Productions
Stable release
5.6.2[1] / March 11, 2019; 5 months ago (2019-03-11)
Operating systemWindows
TypeDatabase design, management, development

Database Workbench is a software application for development and administration of multiple relational databases using SQL, with interoperationality between different database systems, developed by Upscene Productions.

Because Databases Workbench supports multiple database systems, it can provide software developers with the same interface and development environment for these otherwise different database systems and also includes cross database tools.[2][3]


Database Workbench started out as a developer tool specifically for InterBase, "InterBase Workbench", initially modeled after the SQL Navigator tool for Oracle Database by Quest Software.[4][5] During its early years, InterBase became open-source for a short while, and soon after Firebird was created as a fork from the InterBase code base. The main developer of Database Workbench, Martijn Tonies,[6] was closely involved in the early development of Firebird and has been a committee member of the Firebird Foundation.[7]

Database Workbench continued to support both database systems, initially through a separate "Firebird Workbench" release.[8] Not long after, the program became interoperational between the different database systems and this initial support for multiple database systems led to the renaming of the product to its current title "Database Workbench" in 2003. It also opened the path to the inclusion of support for more database systems: support for Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL was added in 2003; in 2005, support for Oracle Database and NexusDB was added and SQL Anywhere support followed in 2008. Early 2010, a full Unicode version of Database Workbench was released and version 5 of Database Workbench was released in August 2014.[9] A free version with limited functionality,[10] Data Workbench Lite, based on Data Workbench 4 is also available.[11][12][13]

Supported databases and environments[edit]

Database Workbench supports the following relational databases: Oracle Database, Microsoft SQL Server, SQL Anywhere, Firebird, NexusDB, InterBase, MySQL, MariaDB and PostgreSQL[14][15][16] Version 5 of Database Workbench runs on 32-bit or 64 bit Windows platforms.[17] Under Linux, FreeBSD or Mac OS X Database Workbench can operate using Wine.[18]


Database Workbench can be used to view, create and edit tables, indexes, stored procedures and other database meta data objects. It also supports:[19]

  • visual database design/diagramming, both conceptual and physical, including reverse engineering
  • testing SQL queries and viewing query plans
  • step-by-step debugging of stored routines
  • generating test data
  • transferring data between database systems (DataPump)
  • import and export of data
  • database schema compare and change script creation
  • database schema migration, also from one database system to another
  • visual privilege management
  • dependency browsing
  • open ODBC or ADO data sources and MS Access databases
  • manage security items like users, groups and roles
  • print database schema, source code, lists of objects or query result sets

It includes several productivity features:

  • Favorite Databases for easy access to your most used databases
  • SQL Insight including "Join Completion"
  • Parameter Insight
  • Code Templates
  • Object Templates
  • Name Templates
  • Two-way Visual Query Builder


  • Initially created by as InterBase Workbench
  • Version 1: 2001
  • Version 1.4: 2002, Firebird Workbench to only work with Firebird. InterBase Workbench works with both Firebird and InterBase.
  • Version 2: 2003, renamed Database Workbench with modular approach for supported database systems, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle and NexusDB support added.
  • Version 3: 2007, SQL Anywhere support added.
  • Version 4: 2010, fully Unicode enabled.
  • Version 5: 2014, High DPI aware and support for PostgreSQL added.


  1. ^ "Database Workbench 5.6.2 released". Upscene Productions. March 11, 2019. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  2. ^ Miguel van de Laar (Sep 12, 2010). "Database Workbench, productiviteits tool voor database ontwikkelaars en netwerkbeheerders". Blaise Pascal Magazine (in Dutch). DelphiGG (93). Retrieved 2014-09-19.
  3. ^ Borrie, Helen (2004). "Appendix V: Administration Tools". The Firebird Book: A Reference for Database Developers. APress. p. 937. ISBN 1-59059-279-4. Retrieved 2014-09-19.
  4. ^ Marco Cantù (2003). "Introducing InterBase". Mastering Delphi 7. SYBEX Inc. ISBN 078214201X. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  5. ^ Christian Ullenboom (2003). "20.5.1 Datenbank Interbase und Firebird". Java ist auch eine Insel (2. Aufl.) (in German). Galileo Press GmbH. ISBN 978-3-8362-2873-2. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  6. ^ "About Us". Upscene Productions. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  7. ^ Matthew Hicks (Sep 2, 2004). "Mozilla Renames Browser, Revs New Releases". eWeek. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  8. ^ Sean Leyne. "FirebirdSQL Project Update" (PDF). IBPhoenix. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  9. ^ Martijn Tonies (Sep 3, 2014). "Database Workbench 5.0 now available". Firebird News. Retrieved 2014-09-19.
  10. ^ "Database Workbench available editions and feature matrix". Upscene Productions. Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  11. ^ Cristina Jitaru (Feb 18, 2014). "Database Workbench Lite for Firebird (Review)". Softpedia. Retrieved 2014-09-19.
  12. ^ "Database Workbench Lite for Firebird" (in Polish and Czech). Dobreprogramy. Aug 19, 2015. Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  13. ^ Cristina Jitaru (Jun 26, 2015). "Database Workbench Lite for Firebird". Software.informer. Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  14. ^ Roberto Jimenez. "Database Workbench Pro (Editorial Review)". Software Informer. Retrieved 2014-09-19.
  15. ^ Astrid Wagner (13 August 2012). "Database Workbench 4.3.0 Pro mit Debugger für MySQL erhältlich" (in German). PHPmagazin. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  16. ^ Harald M. Genauck (14 August 2012). "Database Workbench 4.3.0 mit hilfreichen neuen Features" (in German). Retrieved 2015-07-14.
  17. ^ "Database Workbench Pro (Review)" (in French). 5 May 2012. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  18. ^ "Running Database Workbench 5 under Wine, how to manuals". Upscene Productions. Sep 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-16.
  19. ^ "Database Workbench learn how it's useful for you". Upscene Productions. Retrieved 2014-09-23.

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