SDB File Extension

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OpenOffice Base Database Format
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What is SDB file?

SDB file format is used by database manager software OpenOffice Base. SDB files store complete database data comprising forms, tables, reports, and queries.

Additional information

SDB is te default file format used by older versions of OpenOffice Base software suite. Newer versions replaced the then considered a legacy format SDB with ODB format. SDB files are compatible with various database tools via standard ODBC and JDBC drivers.

Programs which support SDB file extension

The following listing features SDB-compatible programs. Files with SDB 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 SDB file

How to open file with SDB extension?

Problems with accessing SDB may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to OpenOffice Base Database Format 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. Get the Apache OpenOffice

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports SDB files installed on the system. To address this issue, go to the Apache OpenOffice developer website, download the tool, and install it. It is that easy The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading Apache OpenOffice installed is by going to developer’s website (Apache Software Foundation) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Update Apache OpenOffice to the latest version

You still cannot access SDB files although Apache OpenOffice 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. The reason that Apache OpenOffice cannot handle files with SDB may be that the software is outdated. The latest version of Apache OpenOffice should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate OpenOffice Base Database Format files with Apache OpenOffice

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

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the SDB with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the Apache OpenOffice installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open SDB files box and clicking OK button.

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with SDB extension, select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select Apache OpenOffice and click Change for all...
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with SDB extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Check the SDB for errors

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

1. The SDB may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

Should it happed that the SDB 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. SDB file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

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

If the SDB file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. 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 SDB file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Check whether your system can handle Apache OpenOffice

If the systems has insufficient resources to open SDB files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

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

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

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