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ODB File Extension

OpenDocument Database

What is ODB file?

ODB files are associated with Apache OpenOffice Base, a database management software package.

What do ODB files contain?

ODB is an file archive that storer database schemas. The archive is composed of several files that contain various database information, such as:

  • database settings (properties file),
  • table definitions (script file),
  • database contents (data file),
  • database backup copy (backup file),
  • logs (log file).

What is Apache OpenOffice Base?

OpenOffice Base is a database management solution developed by Apache. It offers a wide range of tools for creating simple or more complex databases, ranging from a private DVD collection to complex corporate databases. ODB files are compatible with other tools included with Apache OpenOffice package.

How to access the contents of an ODB file?

ODB use ZIP compression. In order to access a ODB file user must first change the ODB suffix to ZIP, and then extract the archive using an archiving tool.

Programs which support ODB file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open ODB files divided into 3 categories according to system platform supported. Files with ODB suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support ODB file

Updated: 02/24/2022

How to open file with ODB extension?

Problems with accessing ODB may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to OpenDocument Database files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Download and install LibreOffice

Install software to open ODB file The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening ODB files is that no program that can handle ODB files is installed on user’s system. The most obvious solution is to download and install LibreOffice or one to the listed programs: Apache OpenOffice, NeoOffice. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support ODB files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. If you want to download LibreOffice installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit The Document Foundation website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Update LibreOffice to the latest version

Update software that support file extension ODBIf the problems with opening ODB files still occur even after installing LibreOffice, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of LibreOffice is available. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. If you have an older version of LibreOffice installed, it may not support ODB format. The most recent version of LibreOffice is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign LibreOffice to ODB files

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate ODB files with latest version of LibreOffice you have installed on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with ODB file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Right-click the ODB file and choose 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 LibreOffice is installed, check the Always use this app to open ODB files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with ODB file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected ODB file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with ODB extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Verify that the ODB is not faulty

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the ODB file is valid. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

Check ODB file for viruses
1. Verify that the ODB in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the ODB is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Scan the ODB file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the ODB file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

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

Did you receive the ODB file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. If the ODB file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the OpenDocument Database file again.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run LibreOffice

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

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

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with OpenDocument Database file. It may be the case that the ODB files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

Conversion of a ODB file

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