UPDATED JUNE 2017: Prices updated and a 6th app added…

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 £9.99 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 £18.99 from https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mdb-accdb-viewer/id417392270?mt=12

MDBLite

ACCDB Explorer

Viewer for Access Database

Editor for Access Database

The only Mac App which allow you edit MS Access Database on Mac directly. View, Edit and Create Microsoft Access database on your Mac with the App. You can view data easily with Filter, Sort, Paging, and export data or schema to other databases, also edit data directly with very customizable data control, create new databases and create new tables.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/accdb-mdb-database-pro/id959467315?mt=12