GDB File Extension

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InterBase Database Format

What is GDB file?

InterBase is a database software used to store data. .GDB is nothing but the database files generated by this software system. For those using the older version of InterBase software, GDB is the file format they need to follow. The new file format .IB is seen for those using this software version 7 or above.
For the software version 6.5 and before, the file size of these .GDB files were 2 GB maximum but since the version 6.5, every single version of the InterBase software can have unlimited data size. You cannot view these files using any text viewer; you will need to use the software instead.

Programs which support GDB file extension

Below is a table that list programs that support GDB files. Files with GDB 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.

Updated: 07/19/2019

How to open file with GDB extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening GDB files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to InterBase Database Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Get the InterBase

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening GDB files is that no program that can handle GDB files is installed on user’s system. This one is an easy one. Select InterBase or one of the recommended programs (for example, dBASE, InterbaseRecovery, Firebird) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support GDB files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit InterBase website and download the installer.

Step 2. Update InterBase to the latest version

You still cannot access GDB files although InterBase is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. If you have an older version of InterBase installed, it may not support GDB format. The most recent version of InterBase is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate InterBase Database Format files with InterBase

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate GDB files with latest version of InterBase you have installed on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Change the default application in Windows

  • Clicking the GDB with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the InterBase installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open GDB files box and clicking OK button.

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the GDB file and select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select InterBase and click Change for all...
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with GDB extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Check the GDB for errors

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the GDB file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

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

Should it happed that the GDB 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. If the GDB file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Verify that the GDB file’s structure is intact

Did you receive the GDB file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. 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. If the GDB file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

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

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the InterBase Database Format file.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open InterBase

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support GDB files. Close all running programs and try opening the GDB file.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with InterBase Database Format files. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle GDB files.

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