Everything to Know About MBD File

Did you find a MDB file on your computer and wondering what it is for? Did someone email you a MDB file? Let’s try to figure out more about it.

What is a MDB file?

MDB stands for Microsoft Database. Files which contain .mdb file extension are created by Microsoft Access database application. These files contain database structures and entries. MDB files allows creation of data entry forms, database queries, reports, security settings and store data from other files like HTML and XML.

Microsoft Access is included with some of the Microsoft Office product packages and is only available for Windows operating systems. File extension .mdb is only used by versions of Microsoft Access that were released prior to the 2007 release.

Features of .mdb file:

MDB Viewer can open MDB databases created with the following versions of Access:

Microsoft Access 97, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013.

Mixed version environment: This file format can be used or even linked to use earlier versions of Access prior to Access 2007

Database replication: Replication feature is available in .mdb file.

Database replication is frequent electronic copying of data from a database in one server to a database of another. So that all users share same level of information.

User-level security:

This feature is no longer effective for data security, as its security method is now obsolete and easily acceptable. However, user-level security can improve usability by keeping things simple. For example, if someone has no reason to use a particular form, then it can be hidden from them.

Automatic code page detection:

Earlier Microsoft switched to Unicode in Access 2000, MDB databases used many different code pages. This can cause problems when the database contains text that are non-English letters, such as Chinese, Japanese, Greek or Russian text, or even when text just uses an extended Latin alphabet. MDB Viewer detects the code page used in your database and automatically converts text to Unicode. Everything will just work and text will look exactly the same as in Access.

Password protected / encrypted MDB files

Microsoft Access can add password protection to databases. MDB Viewer ignores this and opens database without prompting for a password. Access also allows you to encode MDB databases. MDB Viewer automatically decodes these databases.

 How to open a .mdb file?

Method 1: MDB files can be opened with Microsoft Access and with some other database programs as well. Microsoft Excel will import MDB files, but the imported data should have to be saved in some other spreadsheet format.

Method 2: Another option for viewing is to use MDBopener.com, but here you cannot edit MDB files. You don’t have to download this program to use it.  Since, it works through web browser. It even lets you to export the tables to CSV or XLS.

How to create an .mdb file for Microsoft Access Database?

A .mdb file is always required to configure Microsoft Access data source either by using the Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) administrator or by configuring the data source programmatically.

Limitations of .mdb file

  • Size is limited by 2GB
  • Maximum of 255 columns