How to Open a File With the GDB File Extension

If you're looking to find out how to open the GDB file extension, you've come to the right place. In most cases, Windows will open a file in the associated program, but some files fall outside of those parameters. Keep reading to find out how you can open your GDB file on both Windows and Mac.

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Problem: You Can't Open GDB Files

You might've double-clicked on the file, to be greeted with the "Choose a program to open the file" message. In some cases, you might be able to open the file, but the contents may seem garbled and that's because it was written to be opened in a specific program. Of course, you can't open a GDB file with just any software. Not to worry - we have you covered!

Step 1: Find Out Which Software Uses GDB Files

Computer Files

Opening your GDB file starts with understanding which software uses a GDB extension. In many cases, different types of software may use the same file extensions, also known as file associations.

Firebird Database, MoneyWorks Main Database, and GetPicturesList Image Location Database are the most popular software packages that use GDB files. Therefore, your best bet would be to download one of these software packages and use one of them to open your file.


Zipped files tend to require special handling and may require password access. Contact the file owner or the person who gave you the file for the password and unzip the file before attempting to open the contents.

Step 2: Learning More About GDB "File Type"

If you can't download Firebird Database, MoneyWorks Main Database, or GetPicturesList Image Location Database software, or if they don't work to open your GDB file, you may be able to use the file type as a clue to finding out how you can open it. Using a Windows PC, you can right-click and navigate to "Properties" and then to "Type of file". On a Mac, select "More info" and "Kind".

Most likely, you will find that GDB files are considered Database Files. Because many programs packages utilize Database Files, you might be able to find a program on your computer that handles those types of files.

If that still does not work, you may have to contact the associated software developer to find out how to open it. Unless you know the specific developer, you could contact one of these developers for assistance.

Please see our chart below of software titles and their developers:

Software Developer
Firebird Database Firebird Foundation Incorporated
MoneyWorks Main Database GenSoft Ltd.
GetPicturesList Image Location Database
Group Mail File Windows Programmer
Formula 1 Car Race 2001 Season01 File Unknown
MapSource GPS Waypoint Database Garmin Ltd.
ProMaster Key Manager Key Management Database Westorn House Software
ArcView Geodatabase ESRI
GVA2000 Author Lecture Youngsan Info & Communication Co. Ltd.
ACT! Group Data File Best Software CRM Division
Interbase Database PC Software Company
GardenBoss Design File RedBog Software

Solution: Use File Magic to Open Your GDB File


Although some files must be opened in binary file format (ie. in the program or device for which it was developed), you might be able to open it with a universal software viewer. Depending on the exact file format, you could use a universal software viewer such as File Magic [download] to open your GDB file. Download File Magic today to open your GDB files and hundreds of other file types with one program.

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