Read DBase with Ubuntu

Open a terminal. Run the following command to make sure you have the packages curl and libreoffice-calc installed:

apt-get install curl libreoffice-calc

Then you can use CURL to convert the DBase file to CSV. You have to replace file.dbf with the file you want to convert.

curl -F files[]=@file.dbf https://www.rebasedata.com/api/v1/convert?outputFormat=csv -o output.zip

Now try to open the file output.zip. It will contain CSV files. You can open these CSV files with LibreOffice Calc. Make sure you specify "comma" as column separator.

If you cannot open the file output.zip, there was probably an error and the file contains the error message. Open it with gedit to see the error.

That's it! You successfully read your DBase file.

How does it work?

The RebaseData PHP client library internally uses our API to convert the DBase file to a standardized format. Then you can read the data using PHP as shown above.

Why use RebaseData?

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