mdb-tables - Man Page

Get listing of tables in an MDB database


mdb-tables [-S] [-1 | -d delimiter] database


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

It produces a list of tables contained within an MDB database in a format suitable for use in shell scripts.



Show system tables. System tables are generally those beginning with 'MSys'


specifies that the tables should be listed 1 per line.

-d delimiter

specifies an alternative delimiter. If no delimiter is specified, table names will be delimited by a tab character, or by newline if the -1 option was specified.




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


Defines the output charset. Default is UTF-8. mdbtools must have been compiled with iconv.


semi-column separated list of options:

  • use_index
  • no_memo
  • debug_like
  • debug_write
  • debug_usage
  • debug_ole
  • debug_row
  • debug_props
  • debug_all is a shortcut for all debug_* options


mdb-tables first appeared in MDB Tools 0.3.

See Also

gmdb2(1) mdb-export(1) mdb-hexdump(1) mdb-prop(1) mdb-sql(1) mdb-ver(1) mdb-array(1) mdb-header(1) mdb-parsecsv(1) mdb-schema(1)


The mdb-tables utility was written by Brian Bruns.


Access allows for tables to have spaces embeded in the table name.

You must specify a delimiter (-d) if you intend on piping the output of mdb-tables to a program such as awk or cut.

Referenced By

gmdb2(1), mdb-array(1), mdb-export(1), mdb-header(1), mdb-hexdump(1), mdb-parsecsv(1), mdb-prop(1), mdb-schema(1), mdb-sql(1), mdb-ver(1).

26 January 2021 MDBTools 0.7.1 Executable programs or shell commands