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.dbf File Extension

Developer: dBASE
File type: Database File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .dbf. Files with the file extension .dbf can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .dbf files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .dbf file?

dBASE developed the DBF format, which is generally used for database files implemented by the dBASE database management system software for storing, retrieving and referencing data saved in the DBF format. These DBF files are appended with the .dbf extension, and the content of these DBF files may consist of structured text data with details for the values of the data stored in each field set or array data type. An xBase database management application is a program implemented with support for these DBF files. The popularity of the DBF format started its implementation into other database management applications. For instance, the Microsoft Access 2010 software can be installed by users of Microsoft Windows-based systems to create, open and view the content of a DBF file. Linux users can create, open and modify the content of a DBF file with versions developed for Unix-based systems. The Planamesa NeoOffice software can on the other hand be installed and used by Mac users to create, open and edit the content of these DBF files.

how to open a .dbf file?

Launch a .dbf file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .dbf file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .dbf files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .dbf file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .dbf file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .dbf file association errors

applications that open a .dbf file



In 1980, dBase was published by Ashton-Tate for CP/M, the original developer of the software. It was the first database management system (DBMS) for microcomputer which included the query system which is database engine and the programming language which is forms engine. Some users said that dBase was an excellent interactive ad-hoc manipulation tool because one can easily manipulate, analyze, format and perform calculations while SQL have declarative operations which retrieves data sets from a relational database (RDBMS). dBase' first file format is .dbf. It is recommended by the Microsoft to save dBase file in Microsoft Works so that it can read by Microsoft Excel while its second file type is .dbt. For files with single indexes, dBase uses .ndx, and .mdx for files holding 1 to 48 indexes. The latest version of the legendary relational DBMS is dBase 2.8. while dbDOS 1.5 can quickly and easily work with dBASE III, IV, and V for Windows 32/64 bit operating system. dBase Classic also builds high powered data-driven applications that use the xBase languge and runs on lastest operating system of Microsoft when used with dbDOS.
Pervasive PSQL, dataBased Intelligence dBASE, Rosenvick AspireGold

Pervasive PSQL, dataBased Intelligence dBASE, Rosenvick AspireGold

Pervasive PSQL is an application developed by Pervasive Software wherein it is called a database management system that’s ACID-compliant. It is software mainly used to embed applications wherein different types of applications whether they are packaged software applications use this software. In cases where there is a file-based architecture that enables data partitioning, Pervasive PSQL is optimized for the deployment of software as a service. With this software, the applications have the ability to store data in the form of tables or store them in a non-schema fashion. Operating systems like Windows, , Linux and MAC can run the Pervasive PSQL software and this comes with different editions like the 32-bit and 64-bit editions. This software also comes with additional features such as support for IPv4 and ipV6, page and record compression, agents for data backup, data replication, data auditing, row-level locking, data and over-the-wire encryption, compatibility with cluster environments as well as it supports English and Japanese languages.


FoxPro, a procedural programming language and database management system created by Fox Software, has been widely used even before it was turned over to Visual FoxPro. It still enjoys a strong support from its community of programmers and users up to this day. FoxPro versions 2.0, 2.5 and 2.6 are compatible with Mac, DOS and Windows 3.1 to XP. Version 2.6 is compatible also with Linux and Free BSD, SCO Unix and Windows 2000. FoxPro 2 used Rushmore, an optimizing engine that used indices to look for matching expressions, to accelerate data updating and data retrieval. FoxPro 2 was built originally on Watcom C++ that has its own extensor making it the most up-to-date technology at that time. It could access expanded and extended memory making it able to utilize almost all available RAM [DOS]. If HIMEM.SYS is not loaded, FoxPro enabled a mechanism of using interrupts when extended memory driver is absent. File formats associated with FoxPro: ACT [FoxPro Documenting Wizard Action Diagram], APP [FoxPro Generated Application], DBC [FoxPro Database], DBF [Database File], DBF [FoxPro Table], DBG [FoxPro Debugger Configuration], DBT [Database Text File], DCT [FoxPro Database Memo], DCX[FoxPro Database Index], ERR [FoxPro Compilation Error], FKY [FoxPro Macro], FLL [FoxPro Dynamic Link Library], FMT [Foxpro Format File], FPT [FoxPro Table Memo], FRT [FoxPro Report Memo], FRX [FoxPro Report], FXP [FoxPro Compiled Program], LBT [FoxPro Labeled Memo], LBX [FoxPro Label File], LST [FoxPro Documenting Wizard List], MEM [FoxPro Variable File], MNX [FoxPro Menu], MPR [FoxPro Generated Menu Program], MPX [FoxPro Compiled Menu Program], NDX [dBASE Index File], PJX [FoxPro Project], PJT [FoxPro Project Memo], QPR [FoxPro Generated Query Program], QPX [FoxPro Compiled Query Program], VUE [FoxPro 2.x View Settings], WIN [FoxPro Window Settings], TBK [FoxPro Memo Backup], SPR [FoxPro Generated Screen File], SCT [FoxPro Form Memo] and SCX [FoxPro Form].
Planamesa NeoOffice

Planamesa NeoOffice

NeoOffice was developed by PLanamesa Software wherein it is known as an office suite for MAC OS X. It is equivalent to as well as Microsoft Office, but it is exclusively created for MAC OS X as this was conceptualized when there was still no OpenOffice suite available for MAC computers. NeoOffice also includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation program, database program, graphics, and a formula program. This office suite also supports a variety of file formats for every application within the suite. For instance, the word processor also supports files created using MS Word, StarWriter, etc. as well as their spreadsheet also supports files created using MS Excel, StarCalc, etc. Neooffice has a lot of features that make users create whatever types of projects using this application easier and more enjoyable such as the NeoOffice Mobile for securely sharing NeoOffice files with other users in their computers by simply publishing a NeoOffice document to the server for NeoOffice Mobile. This allows users from different computers and mobile devices to browse and view these files securely.
dataBased Intelligence dBase

dataBased Intelligence dBase

dataBased Intelligent dBased is a software that manages databases for minicomputers. It is a query system and a forms engine as well as a programming language. The format of dBase files is .dbf. This software was originally design for Control/Program Monitor and was later ported to the Apple II and IBM PC which is under the Disk Operating System. After several years, many companies made their own products which were Foxpro and Clipper. And these new program were much better that dBase. dBase used to make and application for window such as Web applications. An IDE with and Navigator as well as a Command Window would be the feature of dBase, with a preprocessor and an interpreter machine which is virtual. dBase intelligence is also responsible for various graphical user interface such as Form Designer, Report Designer, Menu Designer ,SQl Query designer , a Project that manages upon deploying simplified dBase application, Container, and these objects under dBase can be subclasses by simply adding new properties at the runtime.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .dbf files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .dbf. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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