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. Read more about the other uses further down the page.
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 two DBF openers that are compatible with this specific type of DBF file.
Programs that open xBase Database files
Last updated: February 24, 2023
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 file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.
Apollo Database Engine Data File
We know that one DBF format is Apollo Database Engine Data File. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested ten different DBF openers which you will find listed below.
Psion Database File
We know that one DBF format is Psion Database File. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
Sybase IAnywhere Database File
We know that one DBF format is Sybase IAnywhere Database File. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
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.
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 Recovery||Verified|
|OpenOffice.org Calc||User submitted|
|LibreOffice Calc||User submitted|
|Microsoft Office||User submitted|
|Microsoft Excel||User submitted|
|ATLUS REAL||User submitted|
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