SAS7BDAT File Extension

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SAS Database
  • Developer
    SAS Institute Inc.
  • Popularity
    3.4 (5 votes)

What is SAS7BDAT file?

SAS7BDAT is a file extension commonly associated with SAS Database files. SAS Database specification was created by SAS Institute Inc.. SAS7BDAT files are supported by software applications available for devices running Windows. Files with SAS7BDAT extension are categorized as Database Files files. The Database Files subset comprises 341 various file formats. The most popular program for handling SAS7BDAT files is SAS, but users can choose among 1 different programs that support this file format. On the official website of SAS Institute Inc. developer not only will you find detailed information about theSAS software, but also about SAS7BDAT and other supported file formats.

Programs which support SAS7BDAT file extension

Programs that can handle SAS7BDAT files are as follows. SAS7BDAT files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support SAS7BDAT file

How to open file with SAS7BDAT extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening SAS7BDAT files on given system. Fortunately, most common problems with SAS7BDAT files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Download and install SAS

Problems with opening and working with SAS7BDAT files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with SAS7BDAT files being present on your machine. This one is an easy one. Select SAS or one of the recommended programs (for example, SAS Systems Viewer) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. The safest method of downloading SAS installed is by going to developer’s website (SAS Institute Inc.) and downloading the software using provided links.

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

You still cannot access SAS7BDAT files although SAS is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. The reason that SAS cannot handle files with SAS7BDAT may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of SAS is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate SAS Database files with SAS

After installing SAS (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open SAS7BDAT files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Change the default application in Windows

  • Right-click the SAS7BDAT file and choose Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where SAS is installed, check the Always use this app to open SAS7BDAT files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the SAS7BDAT file and select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • 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 SAS7BDAT extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Check the SAS7BDAT for errors

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the SAS7BDAT file in question. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

1. Check the SAS7BDAT file for viruses or malware

If the SAS7BDAT is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the SAS7BDAT file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Ensure the file with SAS7BDAT extension is complete and error-free

Did you receive the SAS7BDAT file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. It could happen the the download process of file with SAS7BDAT extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the SAS Database file again.

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

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support SAS7BDAT files. Close all running programs and try opening the SAS7BDAT file.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with SAS 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 SAS7BDAT files affecting older versions of given software.

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