jetread is a simple command line tool for macOS that allows you to read MDB and ACCDB databases from the command line.



jetread is a single executable. Just unzip it somewhere and execute it:


This will print basic usage instructions, which may or may not be accurate.

To list tables in a database file, use the following command:

./jetread database.mdb list-tables

To read a table use the following command:

./jetread database.mdb export TABLENAME

You can also specify an export format:

./jetread database.mdb export TABLENAME -fmt csv >output-file.csv

To export all tables, for example in JSON format, just skip the table name:

./jetread database.mdb export -fmt json >output-file.json

Supported formats are csv, json, sqlite, mysql, postgresql

For batch processing files, use xargs or a shell script like this:

for mdbfile in *.mdb
    ./jetread "$mdbfile" export TABLENAME -fmt csv > "${mdbfile%.mdb}.csv"

License etc.

jetread is completely free to use. It's based on my proprietary library for reading MDB files. I made it for my personal use, and put it online because people keep asking for a tool like this. jetread comes with no warranty whatsoever. Use at your own risk!


If you have questions or comments regarding jetread, feel free to email me. (But please don't ask me how to write shell scripts. I hate shell scripts.)