IBM® Informix® Client Software Development Kit, Version 4.10

Installing the IBM Informix .NET Provider

You can install the IBM® Informix® .NET Provider with the IBM Informix Client Software Development Kit (Client SDK) through a typical or custom installation.

The IBM Informix .NET Provider installation registers strong-named assemblies in the Global Assembly Cache (GAC). If your application is not running in a debugger, the application automatically finds the assembly that is registered in the GAC. If you are upgrading .NET applications on 64-bit Windows, you must clear the GAC to load the new version of the IBM Informix .NET Provider DLL. Clear the GAC with the gacutil utility using the following command:
gacutil  /u IBM.Data.Informix
You can perform this operation before upgrading IBM Informix .NET Provider.

The locations of the IBM Informix .NET Framework assemblies are shown in the following table:

Table 1. Locations of the .NET Framework assemblies
Framework that the assembly implements Location
IBM Informix .NET Provider 2.0 Framework %INFORMIXDIR%\bin\netf20
IBM Informix .NET Provider 4.0 Framework %INFORMIXDIR%\bin\netf40

Use the Informix .NET Framework 2.0 Provider for .NET Framework 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5.

Use the Informix .NET Framework 4.0 Provider for .NET Framework 4.0 and 4.5.

Because of security functions in .NET, you must reference one of these versions instead of the GAC version when you run your application in a debugger. If you are using Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, complete the following steps to add the reference:
  1. In the Solution Explorer window, right-click References.
  2. Click Browse and go to the assembly. The file name of the assembly is IBM.Data.Informix.dll. Select the file from the folder for the version that you want to use.
    • %INFORMIXDIR%\bin\netf20
    • %INFORMIXDIR%\bin\netf40
  3. Select the assembly and click Open.
  4. Click OK.

To verify the version of the .NET assembly file, right-click the file and select Properties.

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To find the PDF, see Publications for the IBM Informix 12.10 family of products.
For the release notes, documentation notes, and/or machine notes, see the Release Notes page.