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

There is one other file type using
the UDL file extension!

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UDL file extension - Microsoft Data Link file

What is udl file? How to open udl files?

File type specification:

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udl file icon: udl filetype icon

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.

The default software associated to udl file type:

Microsoft Windows icon

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Company or developer:
  Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Windows is a family of operating systems developed by the Microsoft Corp.. The first Windows was released in 1985 as a GUI add-on to MS-DOS.  MS-DOS based Windows versions were developed to 2000, when was released the last version called Windows ME. Windows based on NT core started in 1993. Windows NT family are developed to these days, the latest version is called Windows 10.

Help how to open UDL files:

This file type is not meant to be opened directly, there is no software that could open and work with it directly, or there is no information available in public sources about opening this file type. This is usually the case of some internal data files, caches, temporary files etc.

How to convert file with extension UDL:

As far as we know, this .udl file type can't be converted to any other file format. This is usually the case of system, configuration, temporary, or data files containing data exclusive to only one software and used for its own purposes. Also some proprietary or closed file formats cannot be converted to more common file types in order to protect the intellectual property of the developer, which is for example the case of some DRM-protected multimedia files.

Related links:

Creating and Configuring Universal Data Link (.udl) Files

List of software applications associated to the .udl file extension

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Settings file type for software that use udl file - Microsoft Data Link file

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