Open DBF File
DBF is one of the oldest database formats. Being used since late 80s, it is still extremely common. However, not all DBF files are the same. In fact, the DBF format itself suffered a lot of changes since its first appear. And while DBF offers backward compatibility since dBase III+, you still need to make sure a database administration tool you use correctly opens each and every DBF file you may have.
DBF Viewer 2000 supports all versions of the DBF format and opens them for editing with minimum efforts. It automatically detects the version of the format, correctly deals with any number of fields and records, opens extremely large files (more than 4GB)
To open a DBF file, click File | Open menu (Ctrl-O),
or click the corresponding icon on the toolbar. In the file opening
dialog box select the file(s), use Ctrl and Shift keys for multiple
To open dbf file with other extension (non .dbf) you need to enter file name
with extension to open file dialog and click "OK"
opened dbf file adds a new tab under the toolbar displaying the file
name; click the tab to view the desired file.
At the bottom of the window view the following information:
- The number of records in the file
- Size of the file, in KB
- Last modification date
Note, if you associated DBF Viewer 2000 with the DBF format during the setup process, you can open any DBF file by simply double-clicking it.
Open DBF File via command line
"c:\Program Files\DBF Viewer 2000\dbview.exe" base.dbf [/FILTER | /SHARED | /RO | /COLUMNS]
For Windows 64bit: "c:\Program Files (x86)\DBF Viewer 2000\dbview.exe" base.dbf [Options]
Open multiple files at once
"c:\Program Files (x86)\DBF Viewer 2000\dbview.exe" c:\base\*.dbf
Open with selected columns
"c:\Program Files (x86)\DBF Viewer 2000\dbview.exe" c:\base\mybase.dbf /COLUMNS:NAME,STREET
Open DBF file in Read-only mode
"c:\Program Files (x86)\DBF Viewer 2000\dbview.exe" c:\base\mybase.dbf /RO
Updated Wed, 23 Jan 2019
See also: DBF File format, DBF File Optimization, DBF to XLS (Excel), DBF to SQL, DBF to CSV, DBF Repair Tool, Filtering
records, Sorting records
in dbf file, Command line
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