MDB File - opening and understanding

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

What is a MDB file?

MDB stands for Microsoft Database. Files that contain the .mdb file extension are created by the Microsoft Access database application. These files contain database structures and entries. MDB files allow for the creation of data entry forms, database queries, stored procedures, reports and security settings.

Microsoft Access is included with some of the Microsoft Office product packages and is only available for the Windows operating systems.

The .mdb file extension is only used by versions of Microsoft Access that were released prior to the 2007 release. Later versions of Microsoft Access use the .accdb file extension instead of the .mdb extension.

How to open MDB 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 MDB for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension MDB

While we know of one file format using the .MDB 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 .MDB file.

Various viewers for this file format

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

WinRARWinRARUser submitted
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
Microsoft AccessMicrosoft AccessUser submitted
TableauTableauUser submitted
Quantitative Micro Software EViewsQuantitative Micro Software EViewsUser submitted
Stuffit ExpanderStuffit ExpanderUser submitted
EViewsEViewsUser submitted
OpenOffice.org BaseOpenOffice.org BaseUser submitted
ContactKeeperContactKeeperUser submitted
Any Video Converter ProfessionalAny Video Converter ProfessionalUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with MDB-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 MDB-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!