I have an mdb file on my computer, but unfortunately I have forgotten my password, so I can not open it now.

Is there any way to remove this password or some other way to open this file?

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    What version of Access?
    – Nifle
    Aug 25, 2010 at 7:42
  • Database passwords are almost completely useless, so once you've removed it, don't put one back. Aug 25, 2010 at 19:32
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    @DavidW.Fenton: that's a bit of a silly thing to say. They will stop novice users from opening up an MDB and messing it up. They do serve a valid purpose.
    – CJ7
    May 15, 2012 at 4:02

2 Answers 2


Access PassView

This utility reveals the database password of every password-protected mdb file that created with Microsoft Access 95/97/2000/XP or with Jet Database Engine 3.0/4.0 . It can be very useful if you forgot your Access Database password and you want to recover it.

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    The best!!! Worked like charm
    – Tengiz
    Jul 14, 2017 at 16:48

for old versions of Access I've had luck with this: http://jackcess.sourceforge.net/

import com.healthmarketscience.jackcess.*;  

Database db=Database.open(new File("xxxx.mdb"));  
System.out.println(db.getDatabasePassword() );

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