What to use to read AND edit MS Access database files?

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  1. drlancet macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I'm new to the forum, and was wondering of one of you experienced people could give me some advice.

    For a future project i need to work in a MS Access database file. The owner created it on his windows pc and will have to access it later on again.

    I need to find a program for Mac to read AND edit the database.

    Do you guys have some advices which program is best suitable?
    (i preferably do not run windows on my Mac).

    I found this in the Apple Store;

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/accdb-mdb-database-pro/id959467315?mt=12
    ACCDB MDB Database Pro
    By John Li

    But before purchasing it, i wonder if you have experience with this program, wether it works well, or if there are better/cheaper alternatives?

    Thanks for you time and advice!

    Mark
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Apache OpenOffice is free. So too is its LibreOffice twin.
     
  3. drlancet thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your suggestion, but both programs are not able to open any .accdb files.

    Any other suggestions, or experiences with the paid program i mentioned?
     
  4. diesel macrumors 6502a

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    I know you said you don't want to run windows but if your project is important or work related and you can't afford any "compatibility" issues, I suggest you just run windows vm and install the real access. You never know if any non access program out there will do something unexpected.
     
  5. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    Once a year I find myself managing a large Access database. I have a cheap netbook that I break out just for the occasion. There just is nothing comparable for Mac, and for whatever reason it's still not included in Office for Mac.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    My recommendation is to use Windows in a VM, so you can edit Access DB.
     

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