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SysTools SQL MDF Viewer (Freeware)
Scan, Open & View Corrupt or Orphan MDF File without Microsoft SQL Server

(Average Rating 4.8 Based on 77 Reviews)
  • Read MDF file tables, columns, Keys, triggers, classes, indexes, etc.
  • Quick scan and browse data from corrupt or inaccessible MDF database
  • Allows to preview MDF & NDF data of latest SQL Server versions
    This MDF File viewer provides user with facility to view the content of SQL Server 2016, 2014, 2012 MDF and NDF files.
  • Option to view & save scanned MDF file data in .str file for future use
  • No Limitation On File Size: Scan and Explore MDF database file of any size
  • MS SQL environment is not needed to analyze & open MDF file

List of Key Features in SysTools MDF Viewer Freeware

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Open & View MDF File

If you have an MDF Database file in your machine but no MS SQL Server environ then MDF File Viewer can help to open and view the SQL MDF file of SQL Server 2016, 2014, 2012. It allows you to open & read any type of MDF file i.e. Orphan, Inaccessible or corrupt. Regardless of the MDF file size, MDF File Explorer offers preview of its tables, columns, Keys, rules, triggers, classes, stored procedures, functions and views.

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Scan & Read Corrupt MDF File

MDF file viewer performs a quick scanning of MDF Database file to explore and make the items within, available for analyze. You can easily use MDF File Reader tool in case the MDF file is corrupt or you are unable to open it. Having the software ensures that you don't need to have SQL Server environ to view data within a Master database file.

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Preview Items with Details

MDF file viewer shows each and every item found in the SQL MDF file with their associated properties. You can view all the columns present within various tables. Also, clicking on the database will provide a hierarchal structure of SQL components stored in it which can be viewed on the right panel of MDF File Explorer tool.

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Save Scanned Database

As MDF File Browser software finishes scanning MDF file, it will prompt you for saving the scan. If you like, you can save the scan in .str file at any desirable location by keeping a file name of your choice. The MDF File Reader will help you avoid scanning the same file every time you want to view its data. Simply open the .str file and quickly load its items for preview.

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View MDF File Details

While scanning the MDF file, MDF File Viewer software shows the complete details of MDF database file of Server 2016, 2014, 2012. Like, you can check it's; number of pages read, database name, database version, number of tables found and being scanned in real time, number of views found, number of stored procedures, rules, triggers, and functions found.

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Simple & Easy Interface

In order to use MDF file viewer or read MDF file, you do not need any technical expertise. After adding MDF file, almost all the functions are automatically executed by MDF File Opener tool itself. Thus, allowing even a novice to use the program with least complexities. Being compatible with all Windows OS versions, helps you open & read MDF file on any Windows machine, whether 10, 8.1 or any other below version.

SQL MDF Viewer Tool Screenshots

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Step 1: SQL MDF Viewer Software
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Step 2: Open MDF File
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Step 3: Browse MDF File Database
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Step 4: Read MDF File Database Contents

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Size: 5.6 MB Version: 6.3


Trial Limitations

Freeware MDF Viewer allows to view the content of SQL Server 2016, 2014, 2012 MDF and NDF files.

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System Specifications

System Specifications
  • Hard Disk Space: Minimum 10 MB of free hard disk space

Application Pre-Requisites

  • If you are using Windows 10/8.1/8/7 or Vista, then please launch the tool as "Run as Administrator".

Supported Editions

  • Microsoft Windows – 2000, 2003, 2008, XP, Vista, or Windows 7/8/8.1/10, 2008/2012 (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • SQL Server – SQL Server 2000/2005, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012/2014/2016

Frequently Asked Question

Do I need a SQL Server environment to view MDF file?

No, SQL server environment is not needed to open & view the MDF file. It can view the content of SQL Server 2016, 2014, 2012 MDF and NDF files

Overview features of MDF File Viewer Software

  • Run MDF Reader Tool
  • Browse & Open MDF File Database
  • View MDF File Database Contents : tables, columns, Keys, triggers etc.
  • Allows to preview MDF & NDF data of SQL Server 2016, 2014, 2012
  • Supports to view & save scanned MDF file data in .str
  • No Limitation On File Size: Scan and Explore MDF database file of any size
  • MS SQL environment is not required to analyze & read MDF file

Can I preview all the attributes of MDF file with MDF File Reader tool?

Yes, the MDF File Reader software will let you preview all of the tables, columns, Keys, triggers, classes, indexes etc.; of your MDF file.

Is MDF File Viewer software free of cost or do I need to subscribe it later?

MDF File Viewer software is absolutely free of cost for lifetime. There are no hidden charges, thus; you don't need to make any subscriptions anytime later too.

What maximum MDF file size does the MDF File Reader software support?

There is no such restriction imposed by the MDF File Reader tool for MDF file. The application lets you preview any size of file unrestrictedly.

I have a suspected MDF database. Can I process it using MDF File Viewer software?

Yes, MDF File Browser software will work for MDF files, whether of corrupted/suspected state. Note that, if the file is severely corrupted then use Advance Scan mode is recommended to remove corruption.

How can I use MDF File Analyzer software for forensic purpose?

MDF Viewer freeware tool thoroughly scans and previews all the components of SQL database files including Tables, Stored Procedures, views, rules, triggers, and functions for forensic purpose.

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Upgrade to SQL MDF Viewer Pro for Advance Scan Option and Export File in SQL & MDF

Features FREE Version PRO Version
Add & View MDF File of SQL Server 2016, 2014, 2012
Scan & Open MDF File
Preview MDF With Details
Windows 10, 8 & All Other Previous Windows Version Supported
Auto Detect Server Version
Advance Scan Option
Save MDF file in SQL & MDF File Format
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Add Primary Database File
Scan and View MDF File
Advance Scan Option
Export MDF File Data
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Scan BAK File
Preview BAK File Components
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What Clients Say

Not having SQL Server environment on which my MDF file was created made me unsure of using any other, concerning integrity issues. Thanks to SysTools, I wasn't troubled anymore regarding opening a healthy or corrupt MDF file regardless. This MDF File Viewer software rocks!

Alison Hudson, Tokyo

There were plenty of MDF files that had to be viewed for an organizational audit but it wasn't feasible to have SQL Server environment. However, it was great for SysTools to develop a MDF File Opener application that could cover up the need regardless of the condition in which the database is; corrupt or healthy!

Elsa Naruda, Chile

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