DB2 Express-C – relational database

Last Updated on November 13, 2022

DB2 Express-C is a full featured relational database aimed at mid-market businesses, ISV partners, application developers and students.

DB2 Express-C is a no-charge community edition of the DB2 data server. It is intended for small businesses and multi-branch companies, as well as developers and business partners who serve these clients. DB2 Express-C can be setup quickly, is easy-to-use, and includes self-managing capabilities. It also embodies all of the core features of the more scalable DB2 editions, including the pureXML technology for powering a new breed of Web 2.0 and SOA based solutions.

A number of other large enterprise class databases have also opted to release versions of their software for Linux, but DB2 Express-C places no restrictions on the size or number of the databases that can be created.

Features include:

  • Easy to install, embed and deploy.
  • Includes self management capabilities, and optimizes performance automatically.
  • Full-function relational and XML data server.
  • Simple, flexible, powerful, and reliable.
  • Supports key development platforms including Java, .NET, PHP, and Ruby on Rails.
  • Includes all┬ácore DB2 database functionality as well as pureXML, which provides optimized storage of XML data to reduce costs & complexity.
  • Powers the next generation of agile SOA applications with pureXML.


  • Processor: 2 cores.
  • Memory: 2GB.

Features not included in the free edition of DB2 Express-C:

  • Replication.
  • High Availability / Disaster Recovery.
  • Microsoft Cluster Server support.
  • Informix Data Source Support.
  • DB2 Web tools.
  • GSKit.
  • APPC and Netbios.

Website: www.ibm.com/analytics/us/en/db2
Support: DB2 Version 9.1 for Linux, UNIX and Windows manuals
Developer: IBM
License: Proprietary

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