Identify if files .idb .idl .ids belongs to some kind of database.

Posted on 2010-01-08
Last Modified: 2013-12-25
Hi experts,
I have 3 files that is supposed to belong to some kind of database or catalog-program.
When I google the file extensions I get alot of hits pointing to Ms visual studio.

The files are:


They are named the same but the file extension differ.

If I do a "string" in the top I can read "Standard jet DB" on all the 3 files.

How do I open them and with what program?

Regards Peter
Question by:peter991
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    .idb = An intermediate file created by a Visual Studio program, such as Visual C++, during the debugging process; saves the compiler's state and is used for minimal program rebuilds and incremental compilations.

    .idl = Interface Definition File

    .ids = Identifier files (IDS) are used in the IE mainly as lookup files. Referenced from script and dialog, IDS files allow a symbolic identifier to be used instead of a literal number. This increases readability and eases the process of creating scripts.

    Sounds like something that should be left alone.

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    Author Comment

    I'm still waiting for people to confirm if this is the answer.

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    Author Closing Comment

    File filename.idb was an MS Access file.
    Thanks for your answer.


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