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Opening Microsoft Access 2007+ Databases (.accdb)


There are several ways to open Microsoft Access 2007+ databases in Database Tour:

1. Opening through connection string. Select ADO interface, then choose Connection string option and write a connection string. This way is very flexible and allows to specify additional parameters in the connection string and override standard Database Tour connection behavior. It is recommended for advanced users. Here are basic connection strings (more examples and details can be found in the Internet):

Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source=C:\MyData\myAccess2007file.accdb;Persist Security Info=False;   (Microsoft ACE must be installed)

Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source=C:\MyData\myAccess2007file.accdb;Jet OLEDB:Database Password=MyDbPassword;   (Microsoft ACE must be installed)

Driver={Microsoft Access Driver (*.mdb, *.accdb)};Dbq=C:\MyAccessDB.accdb;   (Microsoft Access accdb ODBC Driver must be installed)

Driver={Microsoft Access Driver (*.mdb, *.accdb)};Dbq=C:\MyAccessDB.accdb;SystemDB=C:\MyAccessDB.mdw;   (Microsoft Access accdb ODBC Driver must be installed)

2. Opening by specifying file name. Select ADO interface, then choose File option and then browse for the needed file.

3. Opening through ODBC DSN. Create (if it does not exist yet) an ODBC DSN of the corresponding type using Windows administrative tools, and point it to the database. Then:

- Select FD interface, click ODBC, then point the Data source parameter to the ODBC DSN by selecting it from the drop-down list.


- Select ADO or BDE interface, then choose ODBC data source option and then select the needed ODBC DSN from the drop-down list.


  1. Usually, if Microsoft Office 2007+ is installed, Microsoft ACE is installed too. Anyway, you may download and install Microsoft Access Database Engine 2010 Redistributable; make sure to download the bit-version that matches the bit-version of the application (32 or 64).
  2. When choosing the ODBC option, please make sure the corresponding ODBC driver installed and the bit-version of it matches the bit-version of the application (32 or 64).
  3. If you are asked for database password, this means the application could not connect the database without password. So, you should either enter it or, if you are sure the database is not password protected, just click OK without entering user name and password to see the error message.

See also

 Examples of ADO Connection Strings