BDP.NET Providers Overview

Borland Data Providers for .NET (BDP.NET) is a free database-independent ADO.NET data provider that defines common interface to provide access to SQL database servers. For each supported server, BDP.NET uses provider as an independent assembly that implements the common BDP.NET interfaces for processing queries and stored procedures.

We offer lightweight database providers for access to MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle and MS SQL Server databases. Using these drivers is the same to using standard BDP.NET providers supplied by Borland.

Note: The product is discontinued now, because this technology is no longer being developed by CodeGear. Devart dotConnect data providers or dbExpress drivers can be used instead of the BDP.NET providers.

Key features

The following are the main features of the providers:

  • Direct access to data
  • Ability to connect through native protocol without using client software
  • 100% managed code
  • High performance
  • Supports the latest versions of servers
  • All data types support
  • Advanced connection pooling
  • Easy to deploy
  • Metadata retrieval support
  • Licensed royalty-free per developer
  • One year free support for the registered users


The following development environments are supported by the providers:

Only Professional, Enterprise and Architect editions are supported.

BDP.NET provider for MySQL

BDP.NET provider for MySQL can access MySQL server either using native MySQL network protocol directly or through MySQL client library. The provider supports MySQL server 5.0, 4.1, 4.0, and 3.23, including Embedded servers.

BDP.NET provider for PostgreSQL

BDP.NET provider for PostgreSQL works using native message-based protocol for communication with PostgreSQL server. The provider supports PostgreSQL server 7.1 and higher, including Pervasive Postgres SQL.

BDP.NET provider for Oracle

BDP.NET provider for Oracle can work using Oracle Call Interface (OCI) or SQL*Net directly. The provider supports Oracle 10g, 9i, 8i, and 8.0, including Personal and Lite editions. For OCI access mode the provider requires Oracle software installed on the client side. In the case of working through SQL*Net, only TCP/IP protocol is required.

BDP.NET provider for MS SQL Server

BDP.NET provider for MS SQL Server works using native .NET classes to access SQL Server. The provider supports SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2000, SQL Server 7, and MSDE.