How to access DBASE-Files?

Alex Martelli aleax at
Mon Aug 27 10:27:32 CEST 2001

"G. Völkl" <gerhard.voelkl at> wrote in message
news:9mcrqb$9u3$02$1 at
> Hi everybody!
> I have to read und write DBASE-Files, but don't want to use ODBC ( error
> writing).
> How is it possible? offers
a dbfreader module, but that, too, works only for reading. offers a link to a package
that handles DBF files with Python, but it seems largely
unsupported.  Maybe that one can write the files, too.

There's a project at
but it doesn't seem to have done much. is a C++ library for
dBase manips and advertises Perl and Python as languages
too (presumably via wrappers), you may want to look at it.

If you're willing to go commercial,
announces a wrapper for the Codebase library sold by
Sequiter ( that should do what you
want, but the wrapper doesn't include the library and
you do have to pay for the latter (after a 30-days time
to evaluate it).


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