Got an old Microsoft Works Database file that you can no longer read?
This application converts old Microsoft Works Database
(*.wdb) files (e.g. MS Works 3 and 4) into a spreadsheet compatible with all versions of Microsoft Excel.
The data extraction is done on a 'best-effort' basis, which works reasonably well provided that you only have one table
data per file that you process.
The best solution is always to load up the database into an old copy of Microsoft Works and
then export as CSV, or some other file format readable by Excel or Access. However, in the event that you only have
the database file, this application may help.
Requirement: You need Java installed on your computer for this application to
work. You can check whether you
already have Java via this page.
Works Database Converter is free, but supported entirely by donations. If you find it useful please consider making a
donation below (even a few €/$/£ help to keep this website running).
Paypal handles the secure transaction (we never see your financial details).
(paypal account not required)
Launch the application using Java Webstart
- Click on the icon to
launch Works Database Converter now.
Note: You may need to accept a security warning. This is normal because this application needs access to
your computer in order to read your files for conversion. Your data remains safe and secure on your computer. At
no point is your data ever sent across the internet.
Application Blocked by Java Security?
Recently, several people have found that Windows now always blocks Java applications, with no obvious way of
allowing them to run:
You have two options - either change the security level for Java applications, or if you prefer not to do this, download Works Database Converter and run it directly on your system - see "Run Works Database Converter from the Command Line", below.
Change security level
Go to the Java Control Panel (On Windows Click Start and then Configure Java - you can
type this into the Search programs and files bar)
Click on the Security tab
Ensure Enable Java content in the browser is ticked
Drag the security level down to Medium
Now try running Works Database Converter again.
We strongly recommend that you put the security level back to High or Very High when
you have finished using Works Database Converter.
Run Works Database Converter from the Command Line