SQL MDF File Viewer

Must-Have Tool to Open SQL Server MDF File and Its Contents

  • View all instances including table, views, triggers etc.
  • No file size limitation imposed on SQL Server database
  • Quick scanning to repair corrupt MDF file and browse data
  • View MDF file without SQL server
  • Compatible with all Windows 10 and earlier versions
  • SQL Server environment not essential for viewing items

Multiple Features Available with the SQL MDF Viewer

open mdf file in windows

Browse Through Complete Database

The MDF File Opener Software provides users benefits on reading all the components from a primary database(.mdf) file. It can be triggers, stored procedures, keys, rules, classes, columns, tables and views from a MDF file. It works with a database from SQL Server 2016, 2014, 2012 and earlier versions.


scan and load mdf file

Remove Errors Before Preview

There is an option available for quick scanning complete database to fix any corruption. The MDF File Reader does not require SQL server environment to work. It can even automatically detect the current version installed on the PC. The tool can work on both Windows OS and server for 32 and 64-bit machines.


preview data with attributes

Open and Read MDF File

The program is designed to display each instance with corresponding properties. There is no change in data or metadata in viewing a master database file. Using the MDF File Browser, one can even preview columns within a table. Even primary and foreign keys are displayed by the tool. Software allows to view mdf file without sql server.


advance search feature

Save Scan for the Next Time

A viewer can upload a master database of any size and save a snapshot of it within the mdf file reader. It is saved in .str format anywhere on the system. There is also an added facility in the MDF File Viewer to fix corrupt NDF file. It can be used for forensic data analysis of a database.


compatible with Windows 10,8,7

User-Friendly GUI For All Users

It has all the necessary function that can be accessed through a single panel. Microsoft SQL Server MDF Viewer has an easy-to-use interface that can be used even by a non-technical person. The MDF File Browser can work with orphan, inaccessible master database files. It has also got advanced scan mode for high-level corruption.


compatible with Windows 10,8,7

View Data Type with Attributes

One can preview each instance with data type and properties and all the details about the .mdf file. These include the database name, version, the number of pages read, the number of tables read and scanned in real time. The MDF File Opener also displays the number of views, triggers, stored procedure, rules, triggers and functions found.


MDF File Reader Utility

 Launch Free MDF Viewer Tool
Step 1: First, download and install the software. Then, launch the MDF File Opener.
Add MDF File
Step 2: Next, a scanning takes place where each item being loaded is shown.
Preview File
Step 3: Then, view each instance with corresponding attributes.
View MDF Files
Step 4: Click on a table or an item to open the complete data stored within.

Free MDF File Viewer – Specifications

Revove MDF Viewer

Size:5.6 MB Version:6.3

Trial Limitations

Trial version of software to view & mdf & ndf file of SQL Server 2016, 2014, 2012

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System Specifications

  • Support: Windows 10.1 & All below Window Version.
  • Processor: 1 GHz Processor (2.4 GHz is recommended).
  • RAM: 512 MB of RAM (1 GB is recommended).
  • Hard Disk Space: 50 MB of free hard disk space.

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

Free MDF File Opener Utility

Where are SQL Server MDF file(s) stores on a Windows PC?

These can be searched within C:\Program Files folder for .mdf files. It will have a path that looks something like C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL10_50.SQLEXPRESS\MSSQL\DATA for SQL Server 2005 and 2008.

What is a master database file?

It is the primary database file created by SQL Server for storing important client and customer data. It contains information in the form of tables that can be accessed, read and created by the SQL Server.

What is an NDF file?

It is the secondary database file created by the SQL Server. It can be repaired and previewed using the MDF File Reader.

What are the features available for a forensic expert in this software?

A user can view email data in different formats like Hex, RTF, HTML etc. for analysis.

Can the application work on Windows Server 2012 machine?

Yes, the MDF File Browser is compatible with Win Server 2008 and 2012(32 and 64-bit) machines.

Can this utility help with a database in SUSPECT mode?

This application works to repair any issue/damage/corruption within a .mdf file. It can even remove the SUSPECT error as well.

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Benefits of Upgrading to MDF Viewer PRO Version

Free Vs Pro Version


Features Free Versiom Pro Version
Add MDF/NDF File
Progressive Scan Mode
Preview & Analyze SQL File Content
Option to Save Scanned MDF file
Support SQL Server versions 2014, 2012 & other below versions
Recover and save whole data from MDF File
Export Data to SQL Server Database
Cost FREE $129