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This is mdbtools version 0.7.1

Welcome to the exciting world of MDB Tools! In short, MDB Tools is a set of 
programs to help you use Microsoft Access file in various settings.  The major
pieces are:

. libmdb    - the core library that allows access to MDB files programatically.
. libmdbsql - builds on libmdb to provide a SQL engine (aka Jet)
. utils     - provides command line utilities:
              mdb-ver    -- prints the version (JET 3 or 4) of an mdb file.
              mdb-schema -- prints DDL for the specified table.
              mdb-export -- export table to CSV format.
              mdb-tables -- a simple dump of table names to be used with shell
              mdb-header -- generates a C header to be used in exporting mdb
                            data to a C prog.
              mdb-parsecsv -- generates a C program given a CSV file made with
              mdb-sql    -- if --enable-sql is specified, a simple SQL engine
                            (also used by ODBC and gmdb).
            - And some utilities useful for debugging:
              prcat      -- prints the catalog table from an mdb file.
              prkkd      -- dump of information about design view data given the offset to it.
              prtable    -- dump of a table definition.
              prdata     -- dump of the data given a table name.
              prole      -- dump of ole columns given a table name and sargs.
. mdb-sql   - a command line SQL tool that allows one to type sql queries and
              get results.
. odbc      - An ODBC driver for use with unixODBC or iODBC driver manager.
              Allows one to use MDB files with PHP for example.
. gmdb2     - The Gnome MDB File Viewer and debugger.  Still alpha, but making
              great progress.
. extras    - extra command line utilities
              mdb-dump   -- simple hex dump utility that I've been using to look
                            at mdb files.

If you are interested in helping, read the HACKING file for a description of 
where the code stands and what has been gleened of the file format.

The initial goal of these tools is to be able to extract data structures and 
data from mdb files.  This goal will of course expand over time as the file 
format becomes more well understood.

Files in libmdb, libmdbsql, and libmdbodbc are licensed under LGPL and the
utilities and gui program are under the GPL, see COPYING.LIB and COPYING files


First, you must have reasonably current installations of:
	autoconf (version >= 2.58)
If you don't you should install them first. Sources are available at

Second, you need glib. It may come as glib2.0 and glib2.0-dev packages in your

If you want to build the SQL engine, you'll need bison or byacc, and flex.

If you want to build the ODBC driver, you'll need unixodbc (version 2.2.10 or
above) or iodbc.

If you want to build man pages, you'll need txt2man. Source is available at

If you want to generate the html version of the docbook, you'll need openjade
and basic dsl catalogs.

Installation from source:

Last version is available at

  $ autoreconf -i -f

If you want to build the html version of the docbook documentation, you need to
set the environment variable DOCBOOK_DSL to the modular dsl translation file.
For exemple, before configure, you need something like:

  $ export DOCBOOK_DSL=/usr/share/sgml/docbook/stylesheet/dsssl/modular/html/docbook.dsl

  $ ./configure

OR for a complete install (requires bison, flex, and unixODBC):

  $ ./configure --with-unixodbc=/usr/local

configure can be passed any of the following flags to turn on other 
capabilities.  Note that the options --with-unixodbc and --with-iodbc are
mutually exclusive.
--with-unixodbc  specifies the location of the unixODBC driver manager and 
                 causes the unixODBC driver to be built.
--with-iodbc     specifies the location of the iODBC driver manager and 
                 causes the iODBC driver to be built.
A list of general options is available in the INSTALL file, and
"configure --help" will give you the list of mdbtools specific options.

  $ make

Once MDB Tools has been compiled, libmdb.[so|a] will be in the src/libmdb 
directory and the utility programs will be in the src/util directory.

You can then run 'make install' as root to install (to /usr/local by default).
Some systems will also need the ld cache to be updated after installation;
You can do that running 'ldconfig' as root.


The mailing list from the old site is available at

Please send bug repports to the new github platform.

Brian Bruns

P.S. I, like many other free software authors, enjoy receiving postcards from the
places users of my software live.  So, if you enjoy the software and it has 
helped you out, consider sending me one, eh?  Just email me for my postal address.
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