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dbfread is a small open source Python library that allows you program to read .dbf files as used by xBase database systems and applications like accounting systems. It does work out of the box on OS/2 but the codepage conversion function may need slight alteration for the OS/2 codepage conventions, in most cases that conversion is not needed however.

The program is short and sweet while providing features like the codepage conversion mentioned above that most .dbf libraries forget to offer, it does therefore make an excellent small example for those learning Python to take a look at.


  • dbfread version 2.05 (2015-11-30)
Last known version



Open source software released under the MIT Licence


  • Ole Martin Bjørndalen