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I have a lot of files in .pdb (as in a Palm Pilot Database) format, major of them downloaded, but until now I can't using or read what the inside, so I looking for how to read, view the .pdb file format from MS Windows XP.

Any converter or viewer tools as free download you know?

For any input would be help me.

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Not only is calibre the one stop solution to all your e-book needs, you can use calibre to view or convert PDB files, it has a built-in ebook viewer that can display all the major ebook formats. It has full support for Table of Contents, bookmarks, CSS, a reference mode, printing, searching, copying, customizing the rendering via a user style sheet, embedded fonts, etc.

Input Formats:


The calibre e-book viewer can now view all the e-book formats that calibre can convert.

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Calibre is freeware, available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Edit: maybe you can use the Palm OS Emulator to open the files.

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well thank for your nice input, but unfortunately Calibre can not solve my case... – jones Jan 19 '10 at 17:27
@jones - updated my post. – Molly7244 Jan 19 '10 at 17:45
Ok friend... i will try it, thank so far for your contribution... – jones Jan 21 '10 at 21:28

Two free utilities that might solve your problem.


DB-Editor is a graphical user interface that lets you edit and create databases for Pilot-DB under MS Windows.


  • Excel sheet import, without installed Excel
  • Import from CSV files
  • Create file lists of your local directories having various filter possibilities
  • Create a file list of your MP3 collection including MP3 tags
  • Import from JFile, and ListDB
  • Export your database to a MS Word file
  • Export to a Excel sheet, without installed Excel
  • Export to plain ASCII file
  • Export to XML
  • Export to CSV
  • Export to HTML using CSS

DB-Editor is Freeware and a beta version.


Pilot-DB is a freeware (OpenSource) database program for the Palm OS (any version and any hardware) and compares with the best commercial programs available.

It supports the field types string, boolean, integer, float, calculated, date, time, note, list and link.

Plug-Ins are available for Mobile-DB and JFile databases, for access to the built-in DateBook, for external memory card access and for customizable colours.

Overlays are available for various occidental and oriental languages

There are various third-party tools to create, edit, and export PilotDB-files or to import various formats such as CSV, Excel, ASCII files and Staroffice files on the desktop:


Kernel for PDB (commercial $49.95, demo available)
Palm Database Recovery Software that can save all files or folders structures.

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Thank harrymc, for your suggestions, but unfortunately it can not open/view/convert my .pdb file – jones Jan 19 '10 at 17:28
@harrymc - OT: if you 'format' your comment accordingly (@jones) he will be notified. – Molly7244 Jan 19 '10 at 17:59
@jones: I've added one more. – harrymc Jan 19 '10 at 19:29
@Molly: Thanks. I thought up till now that the poster is always notified of all changes. – harrymc Jan 19 '10 at 19:30

If they are e-books, chances are that they are in WeaselReader (GutenPalm) zTXT format. You can check it out by opening the .pdb with Notepad or MFC Wordpad and verifying that near the beginning there's the string zTXTGPlm.

Then the utility makeztxt in "deconstruct" mode can get you back the .txt original.

Otherwise, you might try with the CPAN ZTxt module.

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