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the SDF file extension!

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empty icon.sdf - Audio data

empty icon.sdf - Game data

empty icon.sdf - Sharp Sharpdesk Format document file

empty icon.sdf - Autodesk MapGuide spatial data

sdf icon.sdf - MSN local machine mail storage

empty icon.sdf - Soundweb designer data

empty icon.sdf - Xilinx Integrated Software Environment Standard Delay Format

empty icon.sdf - Standard Data Format

empty icon.sdf - Petrosys seismic data file

empty icon.sdf - Nova Logic game sound define

SDF file extension - SQL Server compact edition database

What is sdf file? How to open sdf files?

File type specification:

Database file type icon Database file type

File extension sdf is most likely best know for its use in Microsoft SQL Server for a compact database files, also used in various third-party software programs as embedded database files for storing various data in single file like using Microsoft SQL server.

The typical .sdf file contains the complete contents of the database and can be up to 4 GB. SQL Server Compact can access and modify the database file, both on a smart device and on desktop computers by using SQL Server Management Studio and other tools.

Default software for working with sdf files is Visual Studio, but it supports SQL Server compact edition databases only to version 2012. In newer versions you need to install SQL Server Compact/SQLite Toolbox add-on to it.

Updated: June 1, 2024

The default software associated to open sdf file:

Microsoft SQL Server icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft SQL Server  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft SQL Server is set of relational database applications and tools used to create, organize and manage SQL databases. Microsoft SQL Server primary supports T-SQL and ANSI SQL query languages. SQL Server is distributed in many editions, with different features.

Microsoft Corporation logoSQL Server Management Studio  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is an integrated environment for accessing, configuring, managing, administering, and developing all components of SQL Server. SSMS combines a broad group of graphical tools with a number of rich script editors to provide developers and administrators of all skill levels access to SQL Server.

Microsoft Visual Studio icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Visual Studio  Multiplatform software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) used to create applications for Microsoft Windows, Windows Mobile, .NET Framework, Silverlight as well as dynamic websites and web applications. Visual Studio is available for Windows and Mac.

Help how to open:

Probably you can use Microsoft SQL Server database management tools to open sdl database and work with the .sdl files.

How to convert:

Possibly can be converted to other database format, or exported for reporting purposes.

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File identification strings:

HEX code: 00 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 53 53 43 45 20 44 61 74 61
ASCII code: ........SSCE.Database

Related links:

Overview of Databases (SQL Server Compact)

List of software applications associated to the .sdf file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open sdf file, edit sdf file, convert sdf file, view sdf file, play sdf file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting sdf files.

Software that open sdf file - SQL Server compact edition database

Programs supporting the exension sdf on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open sdf file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with sdf file by default:
Microsoft SQL Server small icon Microsoft SQL Server
SQL Server Management Studio
Other suggested software:
SQL Server Compact/SQLite Toolbox
Microsoft WebMatrix

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