File Extension Library

.SDF File Extension

  • Developer by: Microsoft
  • Category: Database Files

What is an .SDF file?

.SDF file extension is created by Microsoft. .SDF has been classified as Database Files.

.SDF is SQL Server Compact Database File

Compact relational database developed by Microsoft, also known the SQL Server Compact (SQL CE) format; designed for applications that run on mobile devices and desktops; contains the complete database contents and can be up to 4GB in size.

NOTE: Previous versions of SQL Server Compact were distributed as SQL Server for Windows CE and SQL Server Mobile Edition.

List of all softwares that can open the SQL Server Compact Database File
Microsoft SQL Server 2016
Microsoft Visual Studio 2017
File Type 2:

Spatial Data Format File

Developer by: Autodesk Category: GIS Files

Geodatabase format used to store infrastructural and geospatial data; supports multiple feature classes, which may each contain multiple geometric properties; optimized for large datasets of spatial information.

The SDF format was developed by Autodesk and is used by several Autodesk programs, including Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise and AutoCAD Map 3D.

List of all softwares that can open the Spatial Data Format File
Autodesk AutoCAD Map 3D 2018
Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018
Safe Software FME Desktop
MapGuide Open Source
MapGuide Open Source
File Type 3:

Standard Data File

Category: Data Files

Standard database format used for storing data in a structured format; uses fields of fixed lengths to store values; can be imported and exported by various database and data analysis programs; commonly used for transferring data between different programs.

List of all softwares that can open the Standard Data File
Pervasive PSQL
File Type 4:

Structure Data File

Developer by: Symyx Technologies Category: Data Files Format: Text

Chemical data file created in the Structure Data File (SDF) format, which was developed by Molecular Design Limited (MDL); saved in plain text and contains chemical structure records; used as a standard exchange format for chemicals information.

Molecular Design Limited was renamed to MDL Information Systems and then later was acquired by Symyx Technologies, the organization that now maintains the SDF format.

List of all softwares that can open the Structure Data File
OpenEye Scientific VIDA
Advanced Chemistry Development ACD/ChemFolder
OpenEye Scientific VIDA
OpenEye Scientific VIDA
File Type 5:

World in Conflict Game Map

Developer by: Massive Entertainment Category: Game Files Format: Binary

Map file used by World in Conflict, a real-time tactics war simulation game; stores the terrain, spawn points, item locations, and other map details; used for multiplayer gameplay.

Custom maps can be created using WicEd, the World in Conflict map editor.

List of all softwares that can open the World in Conflict Game Map
Massive Entertainment World in Conflict
Massive Entertainment WicEd

How to Open .SDF file on different platforms

Open .SDF File on Windows

  • Right-click a .SDF
  • Left-click "Open With" > "Choose another app"
  • Select the program that opens .SDF file and Select check box "Always use this app to open .SDF files" Press "Ok"

Open .SDF File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .SDF file
  • Click "Open With" > "Other.."
  • Then choose another program from the app list and press "Open"
  • Select check box "Turn on" for "Always open in app"

Open .SDF File on Linux

Right click on the .SDF file, choose "Open with" and select a program from the list above

Open .SDF File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .SDF file, tap "Share" and choose the right app.
Method 2
Save the file. Then open the app «Files». Touch and hold the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. After that tap "Share" and select an application.

Open .SDF File on Android

Tap the Settings icon on an Android smartphone, then select «Applications». Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen, to change the default apps.
If you want to open, edit, save or even convert .SDF files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .SDF files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .SDF files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .SDF file format
  2. You need to check the .SDF file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)