About Paradox database

Paradox is a file database engine currently published by Corel Corporation. Original Paradox for DOS was released in 1985 by Ansa Software, which was purchased by Borland in 1987. Paradox for DOS was successful in 1980s and 1990s, as it was a very fast database thanks to its caching capabilities, visual query-by-example and innovating programming language PAL.

We support very fast Paradox file reading in our products! No drivers are needed - our technology can even decrypt protected Paradox tables.

Paradox for Windows was a complete rewrite and delayed to market enough for Microsoft Access to launch earlier. That was a significant blow to Paradox. When Microsoft lowered the price of its Access database to $99, Borland lost significant revenue. When Microsoft bundled Access into Microsoft Office Professional, stand-alone database products like Paradox completely lost their market.

Today Paradox is an obsolete database and shouldn’t be used. Borland never released database structure information, making it hard to migrate the database away. However, by using the information found in the excellent pxlib open-source library we were able to write our own Paradox reader component. We can even handle encrypted Paradox tables.