Paradox connection strings

Microsoft Jet OLE DB 4.0

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.NET Framework Data Provider for OLE DB

  • Use an OLE DB provider from .NET

    Provider=any oledb provider's name;OledbKey1=someValue;OledbKey2=someValue;

    See the respective OLEDB provider's connection strings options. The .net OleDbConnection will just pass on the connection string to the specified OLEDB provider. Read more here.

Intersolv 3.11 ODBC Driver

  • 7.X

    DataDirect provides this Paradox 7.x table format driver with read-write capability. Note that Paradox tables remain frozen at table format 7.x, That means that software mentioning Paradox 8, 9, 10 tables are really always referencing format 7.x.


    Not all parameters are required, most of them can be set at the DSN system config.

    Parameters definition
    AUT - ApplicationUsingThreads
    CT - CreateType
    DB - Database
    DSN - DataSourceName
    DQ - DeferQueryEvaluation
    FOC - FileOpenCache
    IS - IntlSort
    ND - NetDir
    PW - Passwords
    USF - UltraSafeCommit
    ULQ - UseLongQualifiers

Microsoft Paradox Driver

  • 5.X

    Driver={Microsoft Paradox Driver (*.db )};DriverID=538;Fil=Paradox 5.X;
  • 7.X

    Provider=MSDASQL;Persist Security Info=False;Mode=Read;
    Extended Properties
    =Paradox 7.X;MaxBufferSize=2048;PageTimeout=600;';Initial Catalog=C:\myDb;

    Please note that this one only supports read operations.

.NET Framework Data Provider for ODBC

  • Use an ODBC driver from .NET

    Driver={any odbc driver's name};OdbcKey1=someValue;OdbcKey2=someValue;

    See the respective ODBC driver's connection strings options. The .net OdbcConnection will just pass on the connection string to the specified ODBC driver. Read more here.

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