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Status Under review
Workspace Db2
Created by Guest
Created on Apr 5, 2022

Apple Silicon / M1 / M2 Support for IBM ODBC/CLI Driver

As a developer on macOS with an Apple Silicon chip, I want to use the IBM ODBC/CLI Driver (downloadable from here) natively. Emulating is possible but since I am using this driver via Python, all my other Python code now needs to run emulated as well.

Background: I am connecting with an IBM DB2 database via a Python app, using the
python-ibmdb library. There is a corresponding issue on their GitHub repository but the root cause of not being able to use python-ibmdb is that the IBM ODBC/CLI Driver is not compiled for Apple Silicon / ARM architecture.

Further background:
M1 has been around for a year and is now the default architecture for new Macs. More and more people are getting Apple Silicon Macs so this issue will not go away but rather become more pressing over time.

Needed By Yesterday (Let's go already!)
  • Guest
    Oct 6, 2022

    I'd be interested to know about the status of this from the dev team. It's been under review since a while. M1s are dev laptops and being forced to run the stack on Rosetta just for the DB2 driver is slowing down the whole developement process.

  • Guest
    May 6, 2022

    Thanks for submitting this. I found it while figuring out who to contact at IBM re: the lack of ARM64 support in clidriver / dsdriver, after growing tired of bi-monthly checks for updated drivers or workarounds.

    A small correction: the first Apple Silicon / ARM64 systems shipped in November 2020, so it's actually been 18 months now. If I'm not mistaken, the only Intel system Apple is now selling (aside from the $6000+ Mac Pro) is a 2018 Mac Mini.

    The lack of native DB2 drivers on Apple Silicon means my entire PHP development stack needs to run on Rosetta 2 (Apple's Intel translation layer for M1 processors), which slows everything down and significantly increases the cost and complexity of deployment, CI and more.

    DB2's clidriver is the only runtime component in my development stack that remains coupled to x86_64, and it's a complex stack that includes qemu-based arm64 Linux VMs (running at near-native speeds on HVF, incidentally).

    Please prioritise building this driver for ARM64, IBM!