How to Download and Install BDE 5.2 for Delphi Applications
BDE stands for Borland Database Engine, a set of database components that allow Delphi applications to access various types of databases. BDE was originally developed by Borland, but it is now deprecated and replaced by newer technologies such as Firebird or InterBase.
However, some old Delphi applications still rely on BDE to work properly, and if you want to run them on your Windows 10 computer, you may need to download and install BDE 5.2, the latest version of the engine. In this article, we will show you how to do that in a few simple steps.
Step 1: Download BDE 5.2 Installer
The first thing you need to do is to download the BDE 5.2 installer from a reliable source. You can find it on various websites, such as Softonic or Software Informer. The file name should be bde52.exe and the size should be around 4 MB.
Alternatively, you can also download the BDE installer from your âMy registered user downloadsâ section on the Embarcadero website, if you have an account there[^1^] [^2^].
Step 2: Run BDE 5.2 Installer
Once you have downloaded the BDE installer, you need to run it as an administrator. To do that, right-click on the bde52.exe file and select "Run as administrator". You may need to confirm your action or enter your password if prompted by User Account Control.
The installer will extract the files to a temporary folder and then launch the BDE Setup wizard. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation process. You can choose the destination folder for the BDE files, but it is recommended to leave it as the default one (C:\Program Files\Common Files\Borland Shared\BDE).
The installer will also create some registry entries and environment variables for the BDE configuration. You can modify them later using the Borland Database Administrator (BDEADMIN.EXE) tool, which is located in the same folder as the BDE files.
Step 3: Test BDE 5.2 Functionality
After installing BDE 5.2, you should be able to run your Delphi applications that use BDE components without any problems. To test if everything works correctly, you can try opening some sample databases that are included with the BDE installation.
To do that, launch the Borland Database Administrator tool (BDEADMIN.EXE) and go to the "Object" menu. Select "New" and then "Database". A dialog box will appear where you can choose a database type (such as Paradox or dBASE) and a database name. Click "OK" and then browse to the folder where the sample databases are located (C:\Program Files\Common Files\Borland Shared\BDE\Examples).
Select one of the sample databases (such as ANIMALS.DB) and click "Open". The database should appear in the left pane of the BDE Administrator tool. You can then explore its tables, fields, indexes, etc. by double-clicking on them.
In this article, we have shown you how to download and install BDE 5.2 for Delphi applications on Windows 10. This should allow you to run old Delphi applications that use BDE components without any issues.
However, keep in mind that BDE is an outdated technology that is no longer supported by Embarcadero or Borland. Therefore, it may not work well with newer versions of Windows or other software. If possible, you should consider upgrading your Delphi applications to use more modern database technologies such as Firebird or InterBase. 061ffe29dd