InterSystems Official
· Apr 21, 2021

InterSystems IRIS, IRIS for Health and Health Connect 2021.1 previews are now published

Preview releases are now available for the 2021.1 version of InterSystems IRIS, IRIS for Health and HealthShare Health Connect.

As this is a preview release, we are eager to learn from your experiences with this new release ahead of its General Availability release next month. Please share your feedback through the Developer Community so we can build a better product together.

InterSystems IRIS Data Platform 2021.1 is an extended maintenance (EM) release. Many important new capabilities and enhancements have been added in continuous delivery (CD) releases since 2020.1, the previous EM release. Please refer to the release notes for 2020.22020.3 and 2020.4 for an overview of these.

The enhancements in this release offer developers more freedom to build fast and robust application in their language of choice and enable users to consume large amounts of information more effectively through new and faster analytics capabilities.

With InterSystems IRIS 2021.1, customers can deploy InterSystems IRIS Adaptive Analytics, an add-on product that extends InterSystems IRIS to deliver greater ease of use, flexibility, scalability, and efficiency to analytics end users regardless of their business intelligence (BI) tools of choice. It enables defining an analytics-friendly business model and transparently accelerates analytic query workloads that run against this model by autonomously building and maintaining interim data structures in the background.

Other spotlight features new in this release include:

  • a consolidated set of External Language Gateways, with improved manageability and now including R and Python to build robust and scalable server-side code in your language of choice
  • the InterSystems Kubernetes Operator (IKO) offers declarative configuration and automation for your environments, and now also supports deploying InterSystems System Alerting & Monitoring (SAM)
  • InterSystems API Manager v1.5, including an improved user experience and Kafka support
  • mainstream availability of IntegratedML, enabling SQL developers to build and deploy Machine Learning models directly in a purely SQL environment


InterSystems IRIS for Health 2021.1 includes all of the enhancements of InterSystems IRIS. In addition, this release further extends the platform's extensive support for the FHIR® standard through APIs for parsing & evaluating FHIRPath expressions against FHIR data. This is in addition to the significant FHIR-related capabilities released since 2020.1, including support for FHIR Profiles, FHIR R4 Transforms and the FHIR client API.


More details on all of these features can be found in the product documentation:


EM releases come with classic installation packages for all supported platforms, as well as container images in OCI (Open Container Initiative) a.k.a. Docker container format.  For a complete list, please refer to the Supported Platforms document.

Installation packages and preview keys are available from the WRC's preview download site.


Container images for the Enterprise Editions of InterSystems IRIS and IRIS for Health and all corresponding components are available from the InterSystems Container Registry using the following commands:

docker pull
docker pull

For a full list of the available images, please refer to the ICR documentation.

Container images for the Community Edition can also be pulled from the Docker store using the following commands:

docker pull store/intersystems/iris-community:2021.
docker pull store/intersystems/iris-community-arm64:2021.
docker pull store/intersystems/irishealth-community:2021.
docker pull store/intersystems/irishealth-community-arm64:2021.

Alternatively, tarball versions of all container images are available via the WRC's preview download site.


InterSystems IRIS Studio 2021.1 is a standalone IDE for use with Microsoft Windows and can be downloaded via the WRC's preview download site. It works with InterSystems IRIS and IRIS for Health version 2021.1 and below. InterSystems also supports the VSCode-ObjectScript plugin for developing applications for InterSystems IRIS with Visual Studio Code, which is available for Microsoft Windows, Linux and MacOS.

Other standalone InterSystems IRIS 2021.1 components, such as the ODBC driver and web gateway, are available from the same page.

The build number for this preview release is 2021.

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And we updated the images with ZPM 0.2.14 too:





And to launch IRIS do:

docker run --rm --name my-iris -d --publish 9091:1972 --publish 9092:52773 intersystemsdc/iris-community:2021.

docker run --rm --name my-iris -d --publish 9091:1972 --publish 9092:52773 intersystemsdc/iris-community:2020.4.0.547.0-zpm

docker run --rm --name my-iris -d --publish 9091:1972 --publish 9092:52773 intersystemsdc/irishealth-community:2021.

docker run --rm --name my-iris -d --publish 9091:1972 --publish 9092:52773 intersystemsdc/irishealth-community:2020.4.0.547.0-zpm

And for terminal do:

docker exec -it my-iris iris session IRIS

and to start the control panel:


To stop and destroy container do:

docker stop my-iris