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Name Microsoft Access Database File
Version 2002
Other names Microsoft Access Database (XP)
Identifiers Library of Congress Format Description Identifier:  fdd000462
Wikidata QID Identifier:  Q48021763
PUID:  x-fmt/241
Classification Database
Description Microsoft Access Database File, formerly known as Jet MDB Database format, is proprietary file format developed and used by Microsoft as a native format for its Microsoft Access (formerly Microsoft Jet Database Engine) desktop database management system. First released in 1992, starting with version 1.0 the earlier versions of the database used the Jet Database Engine, with version Microsoft Access 2002 utilizing the Jet 4.0 database engine. The page size of the Jet 4.0 database engine is 4096 bytes. The .mde extension refers to protected Access database file with compiled VBA and macros. This entry records the version 2002 of MDB file format, for a full list of versions please follow the links provided in the Notes section.
Orientation Text
Byte order  
Related file formats Is previous version of Microsoft Access Database File (2007)
Is subsequent version of Microsoft Access Database File (2000)
Technical Environment  
Supported until  
Format Risk  
Developed by Microsoft Corporation
Supported by None.
Source Digital Preservation Department / The National Archives
Source date 02 Aug 2005
Source description  
Last updated 02 May 2023
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