PowerBuilder empowers you to build faster, better, business apps for Windows, iOS, and Android.  Develop visually using proven technology standards.  Deploy device, OS, and DB agnostic apps.  Who knew building data-rich apps could be this easy?

PowerBuilder empowers you to build faster, better, business apps for Windows, iOS, and Android.

Visual IDE

A simple, intuitive, and visual-driven IDE with rapid preview capability

Powerful Data Access

Complex data access and manipulation is nearly codeless and database agnostic

Rich Library

An expansive set of objects provides practically all you need and saves time


Universal Projects

Projects deploy to all supported OSs and devices, or target a specific combination


“Cloud” projects deploy to the cloud, or create a hybrid with some REST Web APIs

.NET Technology

Powered by a .NET middle tier, utilize .NET assemblies & Web APIs

PowerBuilder 2017 R2

The new generation of PowerBuilder keeps everything you love about native PowerBuilder development while supercharging your projects with open standards and cloud technologies.  PowerBuilder 2017 R2 brings PowerBuilder’s highly-productive business app development capabilities to Windows 10, iOS, and Android, and paves the way for users to benefit from many future innovations Appeon has planned.  It also incorporates all the latest fixes from PowerBuilder 12.6 and 2017, making it ripe for production use.

Upgrade to Windows 10

The PowerBuilder IDE as well as your projects are now supported on Windows 10.  A number of incompatibility and stability issues have been addressed.  In addition, if your users remotely access your desktop apps, you can now upgrade with peace of mind to Windows Server 2016.

Utilize RESTful Web APIs

Utilize RESTful Web APIs, securely, without unnecessary coding or external libraries.  New objects have been introduced to allow developers easily execute CRUD operations over TLS 1.2, parse & generate JSON, and even load JSON into your DataWindows – just by writing a few lines of code.

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Integrate Git & SVN Natively

Integrate natively with Git or SVN, and start branching & merging today!  A native interface supports more commands, delivers faster response times, and eliminates third-party plugins.  Many commands are accessible from within the PowerBuilder IDE, and adding a Git or SVN client allows access to even more.

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Generate PDFs Natively

Generate PDFs with advanced features from within your app using smile native PowerBuilder APIs.  There is no need to go through cumbersome PDF printer installations or license expensive PDF libraries.  You can control the PDF conformance level, page orientation & size, image properties, and much more.

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Go Mobile

A new Mobile Cloud App is introduced (powered by PowerServer Mobile). Most PowerBuilder functionality and Apache Cordova plugins are supported. Projects deploy to iOS and Android as well as leading cloud providers.

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Why Upgrade?

SAP is discontinuing support for PowerBuilder on June 30, 2018. By upgrading, you will obviously receive continued support from Appeon for new versions, but you also stand to benefit from many great new features.  In addition, you are setting yourself up to receive the new PowerBuilder roadmap, delivered in agile 6-12 month installments.  The cost to upgrade is an affordable subscription that includes licenses, updates, and standard technical support.

New Features

New Roadmap

Low Cost

Migrate to C# in 2018!

The upcoming PowerBuilder 2018 will provide new targets, in the native PowerBuilder IDE, to enable developers to rapidly create a powerful business logic Web-based middle tier in C#.  Powered by DataWindow technology and the cross-OS .NET Core framework, you’ll be developing high-performance cloud apps faster than in Visual Studio.  Automated conversion tools further accelerate your project.

Compared to traditional C# development in Visual Studio, PowerBuilder 2018 offers the following key benefits:

  • Believe it or not, less coding than PowerScript
  • Low-learning curve – 2 weeks is typical
  • Automated conversion of existing code assets

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