FRM File Extension

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MySQL Database Format

What is FRM file?

An .FRM file is a database format file that contains information about the structure and format of the database supported for a MySQL database. The FRM file is created for the table, and the table name is used for the FRM file name by the MySQL program. An MYD file contains the actual data stored in the database and the MySQL program requires both the FRM file and the MYD file to access the database.

Programs which support FRM file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open FRM files divided into 3 categories according to system platform supported. Files with FRM extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Programs that support FRM file

Updated: 03/22/2020

How to open file with FRM extension?

Being unable to open files with FRM extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with FRM extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with FRM files.

Step 1. Download and install MySQL

Problems with opening and working with FRM files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with FRM files being present on your machine. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing MySQL or different compatible program, such as MySQL Enterprise Edition, MySQL Enterprise Backup. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support FRM files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. The safest method of downloading MySQL installed is by going to developer’s website (Oracle Corporation) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of MySQL

If the problems with opening FRM files still occur even after installing MySQL, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of MySQL is available. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that MySQL cannot handle files with FRM may be that the software is outdated. The latest version of MySQL should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign MySQL to FRM files

If you have the latest version of MySQL installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage FRM on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Change the default application in Windows

  • Clicking the FRM with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where MySQL is installed, check the Always use this app to open FRM files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with FRM extension, select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with FRM extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Check the FRM for errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the FRM file is valid. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

1. Verify that the FRM in question is not infected with a computer virus

Should it happed that the FRM is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. FRM file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If the FRM file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. When downloading the file with FRM extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Check whether your system can handle MySQL

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with FRM extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with MySQL Database Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with FRM files affecting older versions of given software.

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