Microsoft Database Structure

Robert Sneidar slylabs13 at
Tue Dec 4 21:59:28 CST 2012

Thanks Monte. I could do that easily, but as is my wont, I usually think beyond the present problem to a more universal solution. I was hoping to write a utility that could read ANY WDB file and produce an sqLite database equivalent. That may be too ambitious if google searches on WDB data definitions is any indication. I get the impression that Microsoft didn't release any information about the file structure, perhaps because it was similar to Access database structure, and that is still something they support. 


On Dec 4, 2012, at 5:12 PM, Monte Goulding wrote:

> On 05/12/2012, at 1:57 PM, Robert Sneidar wrote:
>> Anyone have any experience in importing a Microsoft Works Database (WDB) file? My father has a number of these files, and wants to try to move to a Macintosh workstation, but his ball and chain is a number of works databases that apparently there is no OS X application that will open/convert in a way he can work with. 
>> I could write him a simple application that can read any works db I give it and convert it to an LC sqLite format, if I knew how to parse a WDB file at low level. I can look at the low level data myself, but if someone has done the work already, I would be willing to send a bit-o-cash his way. 
> I'd say Curry's your man but you might want to just check for tab delimited or CSV file export. Not sure if you can find an ODBC driver.... google.
> Cheers

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