File Extension DBF

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    Common Database Format
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Have you encountered a problem with a DBF file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a DBF file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your DBF file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


Files with the extension DBF contain the data of a database in the dBASE format. These data are organized in various entries with fields and arrays in different data types.

These files are sometimes referred to as xBASE files. XBASE is a generic term for a group of programming languages and related databases derived from the dBASE standard.

Many programs can handle or import these files.

Many also use these files to store their data in dBASE database form.

The registered software can generally deal with DBF files.

Programs which can open a DBF file

How to open a DBF file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the DBF file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a DBF file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support DBF files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a DBF file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all DBF files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with DBF there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the DBF file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the DBF file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

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