Data Export Overview

With dbForge Studio you can easily export data from one or several tables to the following file formats:

  • HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) - a data storage format used for the web pages.
  • Text - plain text format.
  • XLS - Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.
  • XLSX - Microsoft Excel 2007 spreadsheet.
  • Google Spreadsheet.
  • MS Access - database of well-known Microsoft DBMS Access (2003, 2007+).


    If you do not have Microsoft Office installed, you need to install Open XML SDK 2.5 for Microsoft Office to use the result Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

  • RTF - Rich Text Format from Microsoft.
  • PDF (Portable Document Format) - file format, created by Adobe Systems for document exchange. (Only Latin charset data can be exported.)
  • JSON - an open-standard format that uses human-readable text to transmit data objects consisting of attribute-value pairs.
  • XML (XML Schema Definition) - XML data representation with data contained in attributes. Contains XML schema.
  • CSV (Comma-separated values)* - another name for the comma-delimited format of data storage.
  • ODBC (Open Database Connectivity)* - a data storage format used to access any data from any application.
  • DBF - a database filename extension (Foxpro, dBase III, dBase IV, dBase 7). Other files can also be connected with DBF files, for example: .DBT (dBase III, IV, Clipper), .FPT (FoxBASE/FoxPro). While exporting data, ANSI charset is used.
  • SQL - format of the file that contains a SQL script.


  • Express Edition of dbForge Studio supports export only to HTML, CSV and ODBC formats.


When using text/csv ODBC provider, on the Export Format page enter a file name with an extension in the Destination table name field, e.g., table.csv.


When exporting data to MS Excel format through ODBC provider, the following export limits exist:

  • for export to MS Excel 2003 format - 65536 records
  • for export to MS Excel 2007 format - 1 048 576 records

Data export to MS Excel (not through ODBC provider) is limited only by available system memory.

dbForge Studio gives a simple way to export data both from Database Explorer and the grid. Using Database Explorer, you can select any table for export in seconds. Also you can compose a complex query, execute it, and then select exported data from the grid.

dbForge Studio includes the Data Export Wizard which allows you to select the following:

  • columns
  • data formats for each column
  • rows
  • additional options for each exported format

Based on your needs, you can save your selected export options into a template file for the further usage in the wizard.