Open DBF File format – Programs and How to

Common database file definition and 22 other file types and linked programs information.


The File extension dbf is used by the following type(s):

type 1 description:
Default file extension for .dbf file type:
Common database files
DBF file suffix is related to database files used by many database management programs. Common format.
that open dbf files:
Corel Paradox (Microsoft Windows)
Corel Quattro Pro (Microsoft Windows)
dBASE (Microsoft Windows)
DBF Recovery Software (Microsoft Windows)
DBF Viewer 2000 (Microsoft Windows)
Microsoft Excel (Microsoft Windows)
Microsoft Query (Microsoft Windows) Calc (multiplatform software)
Visual FoxPro (Microsoft Windows)


type 2 description:
AbacusLaw data files
The DBF file extension is associated with AbacusLaw and used for its data file.
that open dbf files:
AbacusLaw (Microsoft Windows)


type 3 description:
ACDSee thumbnail cache files
The DBF file extension is associated with the ACDSee. File contains thumbnail cache.
that open dbf files:
ACDSee Photo Manager (Microsoft Windows)


type 4 description:
Act! main database files
File extension for Act! database file.
that open dbf files:
Act! (Microsoft Windows)


 type 5 description:
Alpha Five table data files
Contains the table’s data, one or more records, each containing one or more fields, and the definition of the table’s structure.
System toolbars are stored in a_toolbars_customized.DBF and system menus are stored in a_menus_system.DBF.
Programs: Alpha Five (Microsoft Windows)


type 6 description:
Arago database files
Arago a dBASE IV-compatible DBMS and compiler (Arago Quicksilver) originally developed by WordTech Systems. In 1992, the technology was acquired by Borland.
Software: dBASE (Microsoft Windows)
DBF Viewer 2000 (Microsoft Windows)


type 7 description:
ArcView Shapefile attribute table files
The DBF file extension is associated with ArcView Shapefile attribute format The .dbf files use columnar attributes for each shape and are in in dBase III format.

The ESRI Shapefile is a popular geospatial vector data format for geographic information systems software. It is developed and regulated by ESRI as a (mostly) open specification for data interoperability among ESRI and other software products.

A shapefile commonly refers to a collection of files with *.shp, *.shx, .dbf, and other extensions on a common prefix name (e.g., “lakes.*”).

The actual shapefile relates specifically to files with the “.shp” extension, however this file alone is incomplete for distribution, as the other supporting files are required.

Shapefiles spatially describe geometries: points, polylines, and polygons. These, for example, could represent water wells, rivers, and lakes, respectively. Each item may also have attributes, that describe the items, such as the name or temperature.

Software: ArcView (Microsoft Windows)


type 8 description:
CLIPPER database files
The DBF file extension is associated with Clipper, a computer programming language that is used to create software programs that originally operated primarily under DOS.

Although it is a powerful general-purpose programming language, it was primarily used to create database/business programs. Clipper was originally created in 1985 as a compiler for dBASE III.

Software: dBASE (Microsoft Windows)


 type 9 description:
dBASE III/IV database files
File extension used by dBASE and compatible applications for database files.
Software: Ability Database (Microsoft Windows)
dBASE (Microsoft Windows)
DBF Viewer 2000 (Microsoft Windows)
LibreOffice Calc (multiplatform software)
NeoOffice (Apple OS X) Calc (multiplatform software)
PlanMaker (Microsoft Windows)


type 10 description:
dBFast database files
Database file used by dBFast. dBFast is an older multiuser version of the standalone dBase/Xbase-compatible development language and database.

The product also cooperates with dBase applications, sharing data over a LAN. In addition to graphics support on screen, dBFast exploits the output capabilities of Windows.

Software: dBFast (Microsoft Windows)
LibreOffice Base (multiplatform software)


type 11 description:
FLAMES Recorder output files
The DBF file extension is related to FLAMES, a family of COTS software products that support live, virtual, and constructive (LVC) simulation of commercial and military vehicles and systems, developed and sold by Ternion Corporation.

An *.dbf file contains FLAMES Recorder output data. These files can be used as input files for FLARE.

that open dbf files:
FLAMES (Microsoft Windows)
Microsoft Excel (Microsoft Windows)


 type 12 description:
iAnywhere database files
Database file used by mobile database software iAnywhere.
that open dbf files:
iAnywhere (multiplatform software)


type 13 description:
JetForm FormFlow data files
The DBF file extension is also associated with JetForm FormFlow.

FormFlow was the name of a line of electronic forms products initially created and sold by Delrina in the early- to mid-1990s. The first product in this line was PerForm, which was designed to work under GEM in DOS.

The FormFlow and FormFlow PRO products that succeeded PerForm were designed to work on Windows 3.1.

Delrina was bought by Symantec late in 1995, and the electronic forms division was sold to JetForm in 1996. JetForm, which later changed its name to Accelio, was in turn was bought by Adobe Systems, and the electronic forms products were officially end-of-lifed in 2004.


type 14 description:
Nova Logic game dialog binary format
Dialog binary format (may need to be decrypted).
that open dbf files:
Delta Force (Microsoft Windows)


type 15 description:
NovaBACKUP backup database files
The DBF file extension is used by NovaBACKUP for its backup database files.
that open dbf files:
NovaBACKUP (Microsoft Windows)


Oracle Database (multiplatform software)

 type 16 description:
Oracle 8.x tablespace files
File extension used by Oracle database system.


file type 17 description:
Palm Zire photo database files
The DPF file extension is associated with the Palm operating system. File contains photo database used by Palm.
Software: Palm OS (other devices) (Windows Phone/Metro)


 file type 18 description:
Psion Series 3 files
Database files (DBF files) are binary files containing typed, variable length records. Many SIBO applications (for example, the MC Diary and the Series 3 Database) store their data in DBF files. The data files created and manipulated by OPL are also examples of DBF files.

Database files are designed to be Flash-friendly, that is, they may be stored and manipulated in Flash SSDs (or any other EPROM medium).

A DBF file stored on such a medium may be modified by appending, deleting, or replacing records without having to make a new copy of the entire file.

The chapter Database Files in the PLIB Reference manual describes DBF files from the point of view of reading and writing them using PLIB function calls such as DbfOpen, DbfAppend, DbfFindRead, and DbfNextRead. The ISAM Manual discusses more advanced techniques for using DBF files, in conjunction with independent keyed index files. The present chapter focuses instead upon a description allowing access to DBF files independently of these specialised PLIB and ISAM functions.

First, the basic structure of a general DBF file is reviewed, and then particular examples are given of how various SIBO applications use DBF files. This information should assist the creation of file format conversion programs such as might run on another computer, for example converting between Series 3 Agenda files and files that can be read directly by PC-based PIMs (Personal Information Managers).


 file type 19 description:
The Network Diary database file
Database file used by The Network Diary.
Software: The Network Diary (Microsoft Windows)


file type 20 description:
Visual FoxPro database table file
The DBF file extension is associated with the Visual FoxPro object oriented database programming language and relational database system for Windows. The .dbf file is database table that contains header and data records. Header part defines the structure of the table and data part contains the actual text of the fields.
Software: Advanced Database Recovery (Microsoft Windows)
Advanced DBF Repair (Microsoft Windows)
FoxPro (Microsoft Windows)
Visual FoxPro (Microsoft Windows)


file type 21 description:
Wordtech database file
Database file. dBase compatible software.
Software: DBF Viewer 2000 (Microsoft Windows)


file type 22 description:
xBase database file
xBase is the generic term for all programming languages that derive from the original dBASE (Ashton-Tate) programming language and database formats. These are sometimes informally known as dBASE “clones”.

While there was a non-commercial predecessor to the Ashton-Tate product (Vulcan written by Wayne Ratliff), most clones are based on Ashton-Tate’s 1986 dBASE III+ release-scripts written in the dBASE III+ dialect are most likely to run on the clones.

Software: dBASE (Microsoft Windows)
DBF Viewer 2000 (Microsoft Windows)