A udl file extension is related to the Microsoft Data Link used by Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC).

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the UDL file extension!

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UDL file - Microsoft Data Link

What is udl file? How to open udl files?

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The UDL file extension is related to Microsoft Data Links. The Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) provide the Data Link Properties dialog box as the common user interface for specifying connection information to a data provider on Windows 2000 and later operating systems. You can use the Data Link Properties dialog box to save connection information in a universal data link (.udl) file.

To create a Universal Data Link (*.udl) file

  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Select the folder in which you want to store the .udl file.
  3. If you are running Windows 2000 or later, select New on the File menu, and choose Text Document. A new file named New Text Document.txt appears in the directory. Rename this file, removing all spaces and changing its file extension to .udl.
    Note   A warning that changing file extensions can cause files to become unusable might appear. Disregard it.

    If you are running Windows 98 and Windows NT systems with Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) installed, right-click the right pane, or results pane, select New, and choose Microsoft Data Link. A new file named New Microsoft Data Link.udl appears in the directory. You can rename this file.

To configure a universal data link (.udl) file

  1. Double-click the universal data link (.udl) file.

    The Data Link Properties dialog box opens, displaying the following tabs: Provider, Connection, Advanced, and All. Choose Next to navigate from tab to tab.

  2. On the Provider tab, select a database provider.
  3. On the Connection tab, either select the data source name (DSN) of an available Provider, or enter a custom connection string. Valid DSNs for providers that are pre-defined on your system are displayed in the Use Data Source drop-down list.
  4. Use the Advanced tab to view and set other initialization properties for your data.
  5. Use the All tab to review and edit all OLE DB initialization properties available for your OLE DB provider.
  6. Choose OK to save the connection string to the Universal Data Link (.udl) file.

Updated: April 9, 2018

The default software associated to udl file type:

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Microsoft Corporation

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Help how to open:

Use any text editor or source code editor to view content of *.udl files.

How to convert:

Probably cannot be converted to anything else.

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