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, go to the File menu and click the Open command or use shortcut 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 selection.

To open dbf file with other extension (non .dbf) you need to enter file name with extension to open file dialog and click "OK"

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Each opened dbf file adds a new tab under the toolbar displaying the file name; click the tab to view the desired file.

DBF Viewer with Quick Filter

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.

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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


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Updated Fri, 15 Apr 2022

See also: DBF File format, DBF File Optimization, DBF to XLS (Excel), DBF to SQL, DBF to CSV, DBF Repair Tool, Filtering recordsSorting records in dbf file, Command line options