Use this format to export data to dBase (dbf). This is a binary format. The export process is performed by Database Tour export engine with direct file access and therefore is very fast.


  • When exporting BLOB columns to dBase version 5 or above, besides the main .dbf file, a separate file with the same name and .dbt extension will be created and already existing .dbt file with the same name will be overwritten.
  • When exporting data to dBase version 3 or 4, BLOB columns are not exported. Consider using higher version or Database export format instead.
  • To export data to dBase format, you can also use Database export format which uses database engine means and therefore may work differently. It is recommended to try both formats and choose the one which suits best for you.

You can export data to dBase format either from Database Tour GUI or from the command line.

When exporting data from GUI, switch to dBase (DBF) page of the Export dialog. If this page is not visible, click Favorite Export Formats button in the top-right corner of the window and make sure the corresponding format is selected.

Exporting Data to dBase

Format Specific Options

File - when exporting data from one table or SQL query, specify a file name to export data to.
Folder - when exporting data from a group of tables (multi-table export), specify a folder name to export data to. Each table will be exported to a separate file in the specified folder; file names can be specified in Table Mappings.

Version (level) - specify dBase version (dBase level), to which data should be exported; possible values are 3, 4, or 5 (version 5 allows exporting BLOB data).
Encoding - specify dBase language driver (only for dBase IV and dBase V).

Trim trailing spaces - specify either to trim trailing spaces and control characters in target or not. Applicable for char and varchar data only. Using this option allows to remove useless data and thus reduce the output volume, improve the target look for some destination formats etc.

Export mode

Specify export mode:


Target is created and filled with incoming rows; if target already exists, it is overwritten.


Blank target (using appropriate structure) is created; if target already exists, it is overwritten.

Note: For multi-table exporting, the value can be overridden for each individual table in Table mappings section.

Record range

Specify range of source records to be exported:

Full table - all records are exported.
Selected records only - only selected records are exported. To select rows, click the corresponding button and then select needed rows using Shift, Ctrl and arrow keys.
From current record to the last one - all data between current and the last records are exported.

Limit the record count to - specify a maximum number of records to be exported. If this option is not specified or it is less then 1, all records from the specified record range will be exported. If you want just create a file (table) without data exporting, use the corresponding Export mode instead.

Column range

Specify range of source columns to be exported:

All columns - all columns (including columns, which were temporary hidden by user) are exported.
Selected column only - only selected (current) column is exported.
Visible columns - only visible columns are exported.

Other options

Ask before overwrite or empty existing target - specify either to ask the user to overwrite existing target for REPLACE+INSERT and CREATE_OR_REPLACE export modes.

See also

Database Export Format

Command Line Usage

Table and Field Mappings