CDB File

What are CDB files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a CDB file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a CDB file?

CDB files have multiple uses, and CardScan Contacts Database is one of them. Read more about the others further down the page.

CardScan Contacts Database File

The .cdb (CardScan DataBase) file extension is commonly used with files that constitute a particular business database used as a reference by the CardScan contact management system (cms) solutions. CDB is a file extension for a database file used by Cardscan.

Today, Cardscan is known as DYMO. The Cardscan program is specialized in gathering contact information from business cards. The process is done through OCR (optical character recognition) technology. By scanning business cards, either paper cards or electronic cards like vCards that are used by outlook, Cardscan search for all possible contact info and then saves it in their database information gathered are formatted in .cdb format.

A .cdb file can be integrated with a CMS or most Personal Information Management (PIM) software. The .cdb file extension is also associated with TCU Turbo C Utilities Main database files, conceptual model backup files (PowerDesigner), and Clipboard files databases.

How to open CDB files

Important: Different programs may use files with the CDB file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your CDB file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different CDB openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: June 19, 2022

More file formats using the CDB extension

Through our research of CDB files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • CodeSuite Database File
  • Mactive AdBase Data File
  • Pocket Access Database File
  • Sangduck Database File

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of CDB files. Remember, different programs may use CDB files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

CardScanCardScanUser submitted
PhotoBasePhotoBaseUser submitted
Sage AccountingSage AccountingUser submitted
ConceptDraw ProfessionalConceptDraw ProfessionalUser submitted
CloozCloozUser submitted
BNA Fixed Assets DesktopProBNA Fixed Assets DesktopProUser submitted
PhotoSTORPhotoSTORUser submitted
The CARDThe CARDUser submitted
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
CAPRCAPRUser submitted

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