DBF, Database File (.dbf)

The DBF Database file format

The database management software dBASE used the DBF extension to save its standard database files. Due to the file format's popularity, dBASE is not the only database program that supports DBF files. Other "xBASE" applications support the file format as well. This popularity is based on the easy to comprehend structure and the fact that DBF was one of the earliest files of its type that was adapted by the database community.

Technical details of DBF files

The contents of a DBF file comprises of multiple sets data that are organized and stored in arrays. As a file format, DBF has been introduced in dBASE II. It has been used in the proceeding versions of dBASE III, III+ and IV. DBF files were one of the first database files with a header that allows programs that do not natively have knowledge of the data structure in a specific file, to read DBF files regardless. Thus, they can be opened in Microsoft Excel, OpenOffice Calc, and many other programs.

More information about the DBF file format

File extension .dbf
File category Database
Associated programs dBase
Microsoft Access 2016
Microsoft Excel 2016
Microsoft Visual FoxPro
Corel Quattro Pro X7
Apache OpenOffice
HiBase Group DBF Viewer 2000
Astersoft DBF Manager
DBF Viewer Plus
DBFView
Swiftpage Act!
Alpha Software Alpha Anywhere
Planamesa NeoOffice (Mac)
GTK DBF Editor (Mac & Linux)
multisoft FlagShip (Linux)
Useful links More information about DBF can be found here
Developer dBASE