DBF File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a DBF file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .DBF files.

What is a DBF file?

Files that contain the .dbf file extension are standard database files. The .dbf file extension is used by a number of database applications, although the original application that was used to introduced the .dbf file format was the dBase software database application.

While dBase was initially one of the best-selling database software titles, it ended up losing 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. Customer lists, financial data and product inventories are often stored in the DBF file format.

How to open DBF files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension DBF for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension DBF

While we know of one file format using the .DBF file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .DBF file.

Various viewers for this file format

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
Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
OpenOffice.org CalcOpenOffice.org CalcUser submitted
LibreOfficeLibreOfficeUser submitted
LibreOffice CalcLibreOffice CalcUser submitted
Microsoft Visual FoxProMicrosoft Visual FoxProUser submitted
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
StarOffice CalcStarOffice CalcUser submitted
ParadoxParadoxUser submitted
GnumericGnumericUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with DBF-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with DBF-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!