HOW TOView SQL BAK files?

Kernel BAK Viewer shows the preview of corrupt or healthy BAK files after running a successful scan and shows all the folders present in the database.

Browse the corrupt/healthy BAK files from the saving folder location.
Run either a standard or advanced scan based on the level of corruption in the file.
After completing the scan, you can check the table, index, procedures, keys, etc.

Explore software’s key capabilities

Kernel BAK Viewer tool is integrated with multiple features and services for smart content preview.

Open SQL BAK file

Open SQL BAK file Kernel BAK Viewer tool allows easy and quick addition of SQL BAK files to the software from the system drive (internal or external) and opens it for users to view its content in detail.

Dual scan modes

Dual scan modes There are two different scanning modes available for the SQL BAK file – Standard Scan and Advanced Scan. The first mode performs quick scanning in all situations. The second one is recommended when the "Out of memory" message appears.

Open healthy/corrupt BAK files

Open healthy/corrupt BAK files This advanced viewer tool opens healthy BAK files readily, and repairs corrupted BAK files quickly, making the content accessible for the users.

Preview the entire content

Preview the entire content The free viewer tool displays the entire SQL database objects in the BAK file - tables, views, indexes, checks, rules, triggers, primary keys, unique keys, stored procedures, foreign keys, default values, and user data types, including the deleted objects.

Version selection options

Version selection options The Free BAK Viewer software offers two modes for selecting SQL Server database version: Automatic and Manual selection. You can select either of the options for the SQL Server database addition.

Supports all BAK files

Supports all BAK files The tool supports all sorts of SQL Server backup database files - large-sized, from any version, or even damaged ones. It offers complete file accessibility and a clear database object preview.

Displays UNICODE character

Displays UNICODE characters The Free Kernel BAK Viewer tool supports SQL backup database files having UNICODE characters with complete integrity of objects, structures, and properties.

Support all SQL Server files

Support all SQL Server files The BAK Viewer tool supports all versions, including SQL Server 2019/ 2017/ 2016/ 2014/ 2012/ 2008 R2/ 2008/ 2005/ 2000, Windows 365, 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, later Windows Server 2022, 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008 R2, 2008, 2003 R2, 2003.

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Frequently asked questions

Follow the below steps to view SQL BAK file content using the Kernel BAK Viewer tool.

  1. Launch the installed Kernel BAK Viewer tool on your system.
  2. Use the Browse option to add the SQL BAK file, choose the scan mode, and select the SQL database version to start the scanning.
  3. After a very short time, all the contents within the SQL BAK file will get retrieved.
  4. Click on any SQL database object from the left panel to view its live preview on the right panel.

No. With this Free BAK Viewer tool, you can only add, open, and preview both corrupt and healthy SQL BAK files. To save the data, you need to purchase the full version of the Kernel SQL Backup Recovery tool at

The Kernel BAK Viewer tool supports every SQL Server version 2019/ 2017/ 2016/ 2014/ 2012/ 2008 R2/ 2008/ 2005/ 2000 database backup file for repair and preview.

The two scanning modes available In the software for scanning the added SQL BAK file are – Standard Scan for quick processing and Advanced Scan for a situation when the "Out of memory" message appears.

Yes, of course. The tool readily repairs the corrupt SQL BAK file using the chosen scanning mode and makes it available for the users to have a free preview of the database objects.

Software Prerequisites & recommendations

About SoftwareAbout Software

Version: 20.12

Release Date: 25 May 2011

License Type: Free

Version SupportVersion Support

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

System RequirementsSystem Requirements

Hard Disk: 50 MB of disk space

Memory: 64 MB RAM(Greater than 64 MB is Recommended)

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

Operating System: Windows 365, 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, later Windows Server 2022, 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008 R2, 2008, 2003 R2, 2003

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