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“It is not essential for you to have an SQL Server to open MDF files. A simple free tool can do this job for you.”

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Salient Features

Know about the features and services provided by the MDF Viewer Free tool.

View MDF Files

View MDF Files MDF viewer software easily retrieves data from all type of SQL Server database files whether healthy or corrupt and makes it available for preview. All sort of MDF files can be viewed with this tool for any query and other purposes.

Open MDF Files

Open MDF Files Without accessing any SQL Server version, users can open MDF files with this software. It saves time and eliminate the need of SQL Server for accessing its database files (MDF/NDF).

Complete Content Preview

Complete Content Preview The efficient software retrieves entire SQL database objects. It previews MDF file contents like tables, views, indexes, checks, rules, triggers, primary keys, unique keys, stored procedures, foreign keys, default values, and user data types.

Selection of SQL Server

Selection of SQL Server The Free MDF Viewer software offers two modes of selecting SQL Server database – Automatic selection and Manual selection of database. You can select either of the options for your SQL Server database addition. In manual selection, it allows you to directly add your choice of SQL Server with file.

Preview all Sorts of Files

Preview all Sorts of Files The tool restores all type of SQL Server database files whether large-sized or with any sort of corruptions. It even recovers deleted records and extremely corrupted MDF files from SQL Server database.

Read MDF Files

Read MDF Files Once the MDF files data is opened with this free MDF Viewer software, all its content is available for preview. With just a click on the required file items, users can read its content well with a clear and wide preview section.

Displays UNICODE Characters

Displays UNICODE Characters Free MDF Viewer tool shows compatibility with database files having UNICODE characters. Users can view such MDF/NDF files data easily with any size of database files with complete integrity.

Wide Range Support

Wide Range Support This software supports all versions including Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP/2000, SQL Server 2019/2017/2016/2014/2012/2008 R2/2008/2005/2000, & Windows Server 2019/2016/2012 R2/2012/2008 R2/2008/2003 R2/2003


To view both healthy and corrupted MDF database file content free via the Kernel MDF Viewer tool, follow these steps.

  1. Launch the free MDF Viewer tool on your system.
  2. Browse and add the SQL database file from the system, choose the recovery mode, and select the SQL Server version.
  3. Expand the retrieved SQL database objects to check complete content.
  4. Click on the database objects to view its detailed preview free.
No. With this Free MDF Viewer, you can only view or read recovered data from SQL Server database file. To save the required data, you need to purchase its full version Kernel for SQL Database Recovery tool.
After browsing and adding MDF file, you need to select SQL database version with 2 options Auto-detect database version or Manually select database version. As the name suggests, you can select database versions automatically or by entering it manually.
Two saving options are there. First, you can save the data on the running SQL Server database or create a new database and save it there. Or, you can save the data at the system location as a SQL script as Batch file and later add it to your Server database using SQL Server Management Studio.
To copy the recovered objects from the saved SQL script to new database created on SQL Server, perform the following steps.
  1. Launch SQL Server Management Studio.
  2. Then create a new database.
  3. After that, double click on commit.bat. Or, run command prompt. Change the path to recovered folder (cd PathName)
  4. Run this syntax. >commit.bat servername newcreateddatabase sqlserverusername sqlserverpassword Press Enter key.
  5. All tables will be copied to the newly created database.

Software Prerequisites & Recommendations

About Software

  • Version


  • Version Support

    MS SQL Server 2019/ 2017/ 2016/ 2014/ 2012/ 2008 R2/ 2008/ 2005/ 2000

System Requirements

  • Hard Disk

    50 MB of disk space

  • Memory

    128 MB Minimum

  • Processor

    Intel® Pentium Processor compatible (x86, x64) or equivalent

  • Operating System

    Windows 11/ 10/ 8.1/ 8/ 7/ Vista/ XP/ 2000/ 98/ NT and 95, Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008 R2/2008/2003 R2/2003

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User Reviews

Kernel MDF Viewer

(4.9 / 5) 547 Reviews

After successfully using the freeware application, I upgraded to the Home license. Love to suggest it to all MS SQL users.


Thanks to Kernel Apps for helping me in this difficult situation. Now I am glad to access my MS SQL server database.


Due to some virus intrusion, I was unable to fetch my SQL database. But thanks to this Kernel tool, I resolved all issues without much trouble.

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