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mdb-export(1) Executable programs or shell commands mdb-export(1)


mdb-export - Export data in an MDB database table to CSV format.


mdb-export [--no-header] [--delimiter delim] [--row-delimiter delim] [[--no-quote] | [--quote char [--escape char]]] [--date-format fmt] [--datetime-format fmt] [--bin strip|raw|octal|hex] [--boolean-words] database table
mdb-export --insert backend [--namespace prefix] [--batch-size int] database table
mdb-export -h|--help


mdb-export is a utility program distributed with MDB Tools.

It produces a CSV (comma separated value) output for the given table. Such output is suitable for importation into databases or spreadsheets.

Used with --insert, it outputs SQL specific to backend dialect, including some constraints like NOT NULL and foreign keys.


-H, --no-header
Suppress header row.
-d, --delimiter delim
Specify an alternative column delimiter. Default is , (comma).
-R, --row-delimiter delim
Specify a row delimiter. Default is \n (ASCII value 10).
-Q, --no-quote
Don't wrap text-like fields (text, memo, date) in quotes. If not specified text fiels will be surrounded by " (double quote) characters.
-q, --quote char
Use char to wrap text-like fields. Default is " (double quote).
-X, --escape char
Use char to escape quoted characters within a field. Default is doubling.
-I, --insert backend
INSERT statements (instead of CSV). You must specify which SQL backend dialect to use. Allowed values are: access, sybase, oracle, postgres, mysql and sqlite.
-N, --namespace prefix
Prefix identifiers with prefix.
-S, --batch-size int
Size of insert batches on supported platforms.
-D, --date-format fmt
Set the date format (see strftime(3) for details.
-T, --datetime-format fmt
Set the date/time format (see strftime(3) for details.
-0, --null char
Use char to represent a NULL value. -b, --bin strip|raw|octal|hex Binary export mode: strip binaries, export as-is, output \ooo style octal data or output \xx style hexadecimal data.
-B, --boolean-words
Use TRUE/FALSE in Boolean fields (default is 0/1).


Most of the formatting options actually also works with --insert.


Defines the charset of the input JET3 (access 97) file. Default is CP1252. See iconv(1).
Defines the output charset to use for the SQL file. Default is UTF-8. mdbtools must have been compiled with iconv.
semi-column separated list of options:
  • use_index
  • no_memo
  • debug_like
  • debug_write
  • debug_usage
  • debug_ole
  • debug_row
  • debug_props
  • debug_all is a shortcut for all debug_* options


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mdb-export first appeared in MDB Tools 0.1.


The mdb-export utility was written by Brian Bruns.


Memo fields are allowed to contain a newline characters, the current program does nothing about this.
29 December 2020 MDBTools 0.9.1-beta2