Opening DB3 files

Have a problem opening a .DB3 file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what DB3 files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .DB3 file type?

The filename extension .db3 belongs to a group of extensions commonly attributed to the generic SQLite Database (.db, db3, .sqlite3, etc.) file type. Inherited from an older Database Management System (DBMS) named dBase III, the .db3 extension has come to be associated with SQLite, a free/open DBMS known for its speed and efficiency. Normally, the .db3 file represents an SQLite database saved in SQLite's binary file format. Occasionally, the .db3 extension may be inconsistently assigned to plain-text SQL database dumps, which should have the .sql extension and in which case the dump should be imported rather than opened. Any such SQL dump can be directly opened in a text editor. Binary SQLite databases (.db, .db3, .sqlite, etc.) can be accessed by SQLite and also directly opened and browsed for data and structure using one of a number of SQLite database browsers and viewers available. SQLite detects the internal file format of any database it supports, regardless of its filename extension, yet for consistency the use of the .sqlite, .sqlite2, and .sqlite3 extensions should be preferred.

Incidentally, the .db3 extension also occurs in relation to game data archives used in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. First-Person Shooter (FPS) games series by GSC World Publishing. All of the three S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games have their graphics resources packaged in a number of large binary database files, denoted with indexed suffixes like .db[n] (e.g., "resources.db3"). Such files are intended to be accessed solely by the game engine and are not openable by the user.

Software to open or convert DB3 files

You can open DB3 files with the following programs: 

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