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FoxPro is a dBase II compatible database system for DOS initially shipped as FoxBASE in 1984 and was then one of the first of the xBase products onto the market. Initially wildly popular with dBase developers but remained an English/Dutch language phenomenon since much like the later OnCMD there was no support for international character sets until after Microsoft had taken over product development almost a decade later, which meant that when competitor Clipper shipped in 1985 it basically ate up the international market and a good chunk of the local one.

A version of FoxPro for OS/2 had been developed and shown by the company but was never released even though it appears it was complete as it coincided with the Microsoft takeover of Fox Software. Versions were available for XENIX and SCO UNIX however.

Foreign libraries with Visual FoxPro bindings

  • LibcURL - Internet URL (WWW, FTP, etc) access
This will probably not work with the WinOS/2 compatible versions.

Text editor support

  • Boxer - FoxPro syntax highlighting support built in
  • jEdit - Java based - FoxPro syntax highlighting built in


  • 1989: FoxPro Version 1.0
  • 1990: FoxPro 1.01, 1.02 and 1.03
  • 1991: FoxPro Version 2.0 - Introduced FOXDOC, portions rewritten from scratch and much faster
  • 1992: FoxPro 2.5
  • 1994: FoxPro 2.6, FoxPro 2.5a, FoxPro 2.5b
2.5a and 2.5b are the first versions that work with international character sets.
  • 1993: FoxPro 2.6 for Macintosh
  • 1993: Microsoft FoxPro 2.6 for Unix

See also: FoxPro for Windows