DBF File Extension

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Database Format
  • Developer
    dBASE
  • Popularity
    3.9 (11 votes)

What is DBF file?

File with DBF contains a structured database organized in tables with records. The format was developed in 1983 for database application dBase II. DBF format was designed to facilitate data exchange between various applications. Total of seven versions of DBF format were released, and each iteration added new features and changes. Due to DBF format versions differences, not all applications can open given DBF file. DBF format has no official public documention available.

DBF file header contains information about the related database, saved in binary format. Header holds such information as:

  1. File version,
  2. Last database update date,
  3. Numer of records – a 32-bit number,
  4. Header length and record field lenght,
  5. Encryption used,
  6. Database field descriptions in the form of a table.

After the header recored in ASCII text or binary format are saved. Record fields should have a constant length. When a record is removed from the database by the application, its field is filled with zeros. New records registered in the database are added to the end of the file, increasing its size (depends on the implementation). Sometimes previously deleted records are overwritten with new records. DBT is a version of DBF file used by xBase software applications for storing floating point data – binary data, memos, or OLE objects.

DBF files can also be opened using dedicated DBF viewers. Such tools allow users to inspect the file contents in a human-readable form. DBF files should not be opened with text editor as they may containd binary data.

Conversion of a DBF file

When you install one of the applications from the list of programs that you found here, you should be able to open or edit the file with the DBF extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of DBF file conversion to a different format.

File Conversions from DBF extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to DBF file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the DBF file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the DBF file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the DBF file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the DBF file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the DBF file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the DBF file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

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