Yes you read that correctly! Up until recently, there was no way to open a Microsoft Access database directly on a Mac. However, there are, at the time of writing, five apps, all available from the Mac App Store, which allow you to open and view data in Access database tables. Below is a summary of the apps.

MDB Tool

MDB Explorer

  • Opens tables from multiple databases at same time
  • Exports to various formats including CSV, TXT, Excel and SQL
  • Filter, sort and search functionality allows you to easily find the information you need
  • Supports MDB but ACCDB support is available via in-app purchase £9.99
  • Available for £2.99 from https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mdb-explorer/id506622388?mt=12

MDB ACCDB Viewer

  • Opens MDB and ACCDB files
  • Search functionality
  • If you double click a record it opens in a separate window – great for reading long text entries
  • Exports to various formats including Excel, CSV, SQL
  • Documentation includes instructions for transferring to Bento, Numbers, Open Office
  • Available for £13.49 from https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mdb-accdb-viewer/id417392270?mt=12

MDBLite

ACCDB Explorer