DBF File Type

- The quick facts

What are DBF files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a DBF 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 DBF file?

DBF files have multiple uses, and xBase Database is one of them.

xBase Database File

Files that contain the .dbf file extension are standard database files. The .dbf file extension is used by several database applications, although the original application that introduced the .dbf file format was the Ashton-Tate dBase database.

While dBase was initially one of the best-selling database software titles, it lost significant market share when applications like Microsoft Access and FoxPro were established. However, many newer database applications still use the .dbf file extension for their database files.

DBF files organize data into records. For example, customer lists, financial data, and product inventories are often stored in the DBF file format.

How to open DBF files

We have identified 2 DBF openers that are compatible with this specific type of DBF file.

Programs that open xBase Database files

Last updated: June 19, 2022

All known file formats using extension .DBF

While xBase Database File is a popular type of DBF-file, we know of 5 different uses of the .DBF extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Visual FoxPro Data File

We know that one DBF format is Visual FoxPro Data File. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

DBF opener for Windows

We have identified one DBF opener that is compatible with this specific type of DBF file.

More file formats using the DBF extension

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

  • Apollo Database Engine Data File
  • Psion Database File
  • Sybase IAnywhere Database File

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

SysTools Access RecoverySysTools Access RecoveryUser submitted
OpenOffice.org CalcOpenOffice.org CalcUser submitted
LibreOfficeLibreOfficeUser submitted
LibreOffice CalcLibreOffice CalcUser submitted
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
StarOffice CalcStarOffice CalcUser submitted
ParadoxParadoxUser submitted
GnumericGnumericUser submitted
Microsoft ExcelMicrosoft ExcelUser submitted

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