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mdb-parsecsv - Man Page

Convert CSV table dump into C file.


mdb-parsecsv file


mdb-parsecsv is a utility program distributed with MDB Tools.

mdb-parsecsv takes a CSV file representing a database table, and converts it into a C array.


If the first argument does not exist as a file, mdb-parsecsv will look for the same filename with '.txt' appended.

The file extension is stripped, and the output written to the base name plus a '.c' extension.



Defines the charset of the input JET3 (access 97) file. Default is CP1252. See iconv(1).


Defines the output charset to use for the SQL file. Default is UTF-8. mdbtools must have been compiled with iconv.


Colon-separated list of options:

  • debug_like
  • debug_write
  • debug_usage
  • debug_ole
  • debug_row
  • debug_props
  • debug_all is a shortcut for all debug_* options
  • no_memo (deprecated; has no effect)
  • use_index (experimental; requires libmswstr)

Future Directions

mdb-parsecsv is deprecated. Soon, it will no longer be distributed.

It is the feeling of developers that it is not used, as C code generation is now usually replaced by more generic approaches, including libmdb calls and odbc.

However, should you find this tool useful, drop us a line at https://github.com/mdbtools/mdbtools/issues/197 and we'll consider maintaining it.

See Also

mdb-array(1) mdb-count(1) mdb-export(1) mdb-header(1) mdb-hexdump(1) mdb-import(1) mdb-json(1) mdb-prop(1) mdb-queries(1) mdb-schema(1) mdb-sql(1) mdb-tables(1) mdb-ver(1)


The mdb-parsecsv utility was written by Brian Bruns.

Referenced By

mdb-array(1), mdb-count(1), mdb-export(1), mdb-header(1), mdb-hexdump(1), mdb-import(1), mdb-json(1), mdb-prop(1), mdb-queries(1), mdb-schema(1), mdb-sql(1), mdb-tables(1), mdb-ver(1).

20 July 2023 MDBTools 1.0.0 Executable programs or shell commands