Opening an existing Kexi database file

There are two ways to open an existing Kexi database file:

Opening a database file in the Open Project dialog

  • Run Kexi. You should see the Welcome to Kexi startup dialog, which allows you select one of the recently used projects to open.

  • If the project is not on the page with recently used projects choose Open... (Ctrl+O). You will see the following dialog:

  • From the location bar, pick a folder containing a file you are looking for.

  • You can either pick a file which is immediately opened. Alternatively you enter its name in the Name: box and click on Next.


  • By default the Filter: drop down list has All Supported Files (*.kexi, *.kexic, *.kexis, *.mdb) selected. In case the file you are looking for has another extension, you can change the selection of the Filter: drop down list to All Files to display all available files (regardless of an extension).

  • If you have selected a file of an external type, like a MS Access .mdb file, Kexi will provide you with the option to import the file.

  • If you have selected a connection data file (with .kexic extension) or a shortcut to a project on database server file (with .kexis extension), Kexi will display appropriate dialogs.

Opening an existing Kexi database file by clicking on .kexi file's icon

  • Click file's icon using your file manager or desktop. Kexi will open this database project automatically.


Note about database files accessed remotely. You may want to open a database file that is located on a remote source (e.g. a web or FTP server or a MS Windows network share). KDE allows you to open files from remote sources directly in applications and to save changes back to the source, but this is not the case with database files. By clicking on a database file located on a remote source, a copy of the file will be downloaded to a temporary directory on your computer and all your changes will be made to this local file. The remote original of the file will remain unchanged, so it's recommended to copy (download) the file to your computer first, then open the file and copy it back to the remote source if you want to make it up to date.