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RDB File Extension

N64 ROM Database

What is RDB file?

Files with the RDB extension belong to the category of ROM files.

What do RDB files contain?

Files with the RDB extension contain copies of Nintendo 64 console ROM memory. These devices are popular, and although they were first released in 1996, fans of this platform can still be found. RDB files store complete dumps of the console's permanent memory.

What are RDB files used for?

Files with the RDB extension are loaded into special applications - emulators. Their task is to recreate the hardware environment of the Nintendo 64 console on a personal computer with virtually any configuration. This allows games designed for Nintendo to be played on PCs operating under Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux, as well as on Macbooks. Files with the RDB extension record all information, including game progress, so they can be used to transfer gameplay between multiple machines. RDB files are very popular in circles of vintage video game enthusiasts.

Programs which support RDB file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 2 operating systems that support RDB files. RDB files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support RDB file

Windows Windows
MAC OS MAC OS

Updated: 04/09/2024

How to open file with RDB extension?

Being unable to open files with RDB extension can be have various origins. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to N64 ROM Database 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. Install Project64 software

Install software to open RDB file Problems with opening and working with RDB files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with RDB files being present on your machine. This one is an easy one. Select Project64 or one of the recommended programs (for example, Numen64) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. If you want to download Project64 installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Project64 Team website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Check the version of Project64 and update if needed

Update software that support file extension RDBIf you already have Project64 installed on your systems and RDB files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. This can be one of the causes why RDB files are not compatible with Project64. The most recent version of Project64 is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate N64 ROM Database files with Project64

If you have the latest version of Project64 installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage RDB on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with RDB file on Windows

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Clicking the RDB 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
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Project64 is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open RDB files and clicking OK.
Associate software with RDB file on Mac

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with RDB extension, select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with RDB extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Verify that the RDB is not faulty

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper RDB file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

Check RDB file for viruses
1. The RDB may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the RDB file hinders attempts to open it. Scan the RDB file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the scanner detected that the RDB file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

Did you receive the RDB 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. It could happen the the download process of file with RDB extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

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 in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Check whether your system can handle Project64

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

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

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with N64 ROM Database 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 RDB files affecting older versions of given software.

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