File Extension Library

.SDF File Extension

  • Developer by: Microsoft
  • Category: Database Files

What are .SDF files and how to open them?

Can't open .SDF file? Are you wondering what it contains? On our site we will explain to you what this file is, what it is used for and what software opens the .SDF file.

What is a .SDF file extension?

.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 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.)