mdb file in

To work with mdb file, open the select connect to an existing database, select Microsoft Access.

browse the mdb file and you need to save a odb file that will enable you to view the tables,query etc on it.

To copy the content of a table in Calc
go to View–> Data Sources

right click in the left pannel of in the database view option, click on the “Registered databases”, click “New” and locate your created odb file.

Click on the database you want to copy. Select the Queries/Tables and copy the content by righ click on the query/table name.

Paste in the Now you can save in ods, and also save as in different formats.


  1. ok, nice. But What IF i don’t have an “Microsoft Access” Option on the list!?
    Maby I’m missing some driver or library?

    Question: Where did you get your OO from!?
    Can you tell the source (link) and version?


  2. First open

    You should get the Microsoft Access Option there.

    If not, you can try with another version/package of OpenOffice.

    I was using OpenOffice from official Debian repository.

    apt-get install

  3. I have done apt-get install openoffice-org-base, as you suggest.

    It updated / replaced 12 individual packages, including and to v2.3

    However, when I restarted OO, there still wasn’t the Microsoft Access option in “Connect to an existing database…”

    In fact, I only have 11 types listed there: MySQL, Oracle JDBC, Adabas D, Spreadsheet, dBASE, Text, JDBC, ODBC, Evolution Local, Groupwise, Evolution LDAP.

    I’m pretty sure this was the same list as before I did the apt-get install.

    I’d really appreciate your help, if possible. Thanks.

    {Here are the final lines of the terminal output, in case it’s helpful:

    Setting up (1:2.3.0-1ubuntu5.4) …
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    Setting up python-uno (1:2.3.0-1ubuntu5.4) …

    Setting up (1:2.3.0-1ubuntu5.4) …

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  4. I wanted to say thank you for posting this.

    One note – You must choose the bottom option: Connect to an existing database (rather than an existing file) – if you are going to get the “Microsoft Access” option. It took a few tries for me to get past that mistake.

  5. Do you happen to know the package names for what I need to get to make OpenOffice work with Access files on Linux? I am using OpenOffice 2.4 on SuSE Linux 11.0 x86_64.

    Mine opens up and does not allow for Access — it’s not in the list.

  6. From an existing Access database, can I still work in this program and utilize my drop-down menus? They don’t seem there when I go to insert more survey data and I’m hesistant to put the copy in manually as I think it won’t be captured in the results once I’m ready to compile. Follow?

    Thanks for the guidance.

  7. Hi guys,

    You could also install mdbtools-gmdb for reading-only the mdb files. From the description: office suite – database is a full-featured office productivity suite that provides
    a near drop-in replacement for Microsoft(R) Office.

    This package contains the database component for

    You can extend the functionality of Base by installing these

    * unixodbc: ODBC database support
    * libmyodbc | odbc-postgresql | libsqliteodbc | tdsodbc | mdbtools: ODBC
    drivers for:
    – MySQL
    – PostgreSQL
    – SQLite
    – MS SQL / Sybase SQL
    – *.mdb (JET / MS Access)
    * libmysql-java | libpg-java: JDBC Drivers
    – MySQL
    – PostgreSQL

    thank you.

  8. salahuddin..
    im new with this microsoft access..
    well i create a mdb files.
    then my friend whant to open it without installing the microsoft access..
    where can i download a apps , so they can open the mdb files without installing the microsoft access?
    i've try the access viewer but they still cant open the forms inside the mdb files that i've created..
    plss help me

  9. Hi Salahuddin
    Many thanks. Your instructions were easily understood and has helped me tremendously. I will also install the additional options. Again many thanks. Regards Gunjo (fellow Blogger)

  10. hi.
    in my office we having open office org,here i dont have MS-excel… my problem is I jus want to connect javascript with db.for that i wanna create .mdb file but in this open office.base no more privileges like that … pls give me a solution… i want to access data from here to javascript….

  11. Use php (or JSP) to read the data and print it XML.
    Then use javascript to parse it.

    I am not clear why you are tying to use javascript instead of bash or python script.

    Could you please explain ?

    >in my office we having open office org,here i dont >have MS-excel… my problem is I jus want to connect >javascript with db.for that i wanna create .mdb file >but in this open office.base no more privileges like >that … pls give me a solution… i want to access data >from here to javascript….

  12. Same problem here, no "Microsoft Access" in the list of "Connect to an existing database"
    Using Kubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04 with: – 1:3.2.0-7ubuntu4.1 (amd64)

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