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Informix - Instance, Database, Owner and Database Object

This article describes instance, database, owner and database object concepts in Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) 11.50 and earlier.


Informix instance is a database server software that manages one or more Informix IDS databases. Users login to an instance and access databases and database objects (tables, views, procedures etc).


Informix database contains various database objects such as tables, views, store procedures etc.


In Informix, every database object has an owner, a user who created this object.

Database Object

Database object is a table, view, procedure or any other type of objects supported by Informix. Database objects are created using a SQL CREATE statement for these types of objects, and have owners.

Referencing Database Objects in Informix

For example, stock table located in the stores database and owned by informix user


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