MDB Tools

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The MDB tools project is an open source effort to create a set of software libraries and utilities to manipulate files in the proprietary JET 3, 4 and 5 database formats (used by Microsoft Access.).

Version 0.7 was released in June 2012. Jet 5 is only available in github master branch

The MDB tools include Gnome MDB Viewer (gmdb2), a desktop tool for viewing MDB databases on Linux. For Mac OS X there are three proprietary applications named MDB Explorer, MDB Viewer and MDBLite that also provides a graphical front end to the MDB tools library.


There is a Java port of the MDB tools library named Jackcess. Jackcess adds write support, but drops support for Access 97. It seems to be under active development as of 2010.

UCanAccess is an open source pure Java JDBC Driver implementation which allows Java developers and jdbc client programs to read/write MDB and ACCDB files.

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