What is DBF File Extension? How to Open DBF?

DBF stands for dBase database file which is used by database applications. It was first introduced in dBase II, thereafter the subsequent versions of dbase till dbase IV continued using DBF file extension to store their data.

  • DataBase file format organizes data into multiple records with fields and data is stored in array data type.
  • This file can also be opened by Microsoft Excel & Microsoft Access.
  • The latest structure level supported by dBase is level 7.
  • The DBF file extension was introduced by Ashton-Tate.
  • DBF can also be understood by Clipper, FoxPro, Arago, Wordtech, and xBase products.
  • It is compatible with various operating systems includes Windows, Linux, & Mac.
  • dBase DBF file format organizes information like customer lists, financial data, products catalogue etc.

The DBF file belongs to the category of database Files.

  • FoxPro
  • NeoOffice Calc
  • LibreOffice
  • OpenOffice.org

DBF File extension developed by Ashton-Tate

  • application/dbase
  • application/x-dbase
  • application/dbf
  • application/x-dbf
  • zz-application/zz-winassoc-dbf

Hex: 4F 50 4C 44 61 74 61 62

Table dBase not correct

  • Main cause of the error is dBase table. Restore the table from updated table backup.

Error 2091

  • The issue occurs due to power failure. Use -SET TABLEVALIDATE TO 0 command to open the table.

Memo file is missing invalid

  • In order to access the database again replace the corrupt memo file (.fpt extension) with a valid memo file.

‘table.dbf’ does not exist

  • ERROR [42S02] [Microsoft][ODBC Visual FoxPro Driver]File ‘table.dbf’ does not exist
  • This issue may encounters due to problem in network communication or in DBF file extension.