What are LDB files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a LDB 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 LDB file?
LDB files have multiple uses, and Microsoft Access Lock is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.
Microsoft Access Lock file
The .ldb file extension is used by the Microsoft Access database application to prevent files from being edited by two people simultaneously. If a file is open by more than one user on a multi-user database and both users try to make changes to the file simultaneously, it could result in a corruption of the file and a loss of data.
The LDB file prevents this from happening by locking the file when one user already has it open. The LDB file is located in the same folder as the original file and with the same name, but the .ldb extension is assigned to the file rather than the .mdb extension. Once the user with the edit-enabled file has closed the file, the lock is removed from the file, and another user can open the edit-enabled version.
How to open LDB files
Important: Different programs may use files with the LDB file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your LDB file is, you may need to try a few different programs.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested four different LDB openers which you will find listed below.
Last updated: December 24, 2022
More file formats using the LDB extension
Through our research of LDB files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.
- Footprint/IBM Works Data Filer DataBase
- RPG Maker 2000/2003 DataBase
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of LDB files. Remember, different programs may use LDB files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.
Help us help others
File.org helps thousands of users every day, and we would love to hear from you if you have additional information about LDB file formats, example files, or compatible programs. Please use the links below or email us at email@example.com to discuss further.