Access MDB databases

Driver short name


Build dependencies

JDK/JRE and Jackcess


This driver is considered for removal in GDAL 3.5. You should consider using the generic ODBC driver with an updated MDBTools Access driver instead. If you need this driver in future GDAL versions, create a ticket at (look first for an existing one first) to explain how critical it is for you (but the GDAL project may still remove it). To enable use of the deprecated driver the GDAL_ENABLE_DEPRECATED_DRIVER_MDB configuration option / environment variable must be set to YES.

OGR optionally supports reading access .mdb files by using the Java Jackcess library.

This driver is primarily meant as being used on Unix platforms to overcome the issues often met with the MDBTools library that acts as the ODBC driver for MDB databases.

The driver can detect ESRI Personal Geodatabases and Geomedia MDB databases, and will deal them exactly as the PGeo and Geomedia drivers do. For other MDB databases, all the tables will be presented as OGR layers.

How to build the MDB driver (on Linux)

You need a JDK (a JRE is not enough) to build the driver. On Ubuntu 10.04 with the openjdk-6-jdk package installed,

./configure --with-java=yes --with-mdb=yes

On others Linux flavors, you may need to specify :

./configure --with-java=/path/to/jdk/root/path --with-jvm-lib=/path/to/libjvm/directory --with-mdb=yes

where /path/to/libjvm/directory is for example /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/jre/lib/amd64/server

It is possible to add the –with-jvm-lib-add-rpath option (no value or “yes”) to embed the path to the in the GDAL library.

How to run the MDB driver (on Linux)

You need a JRE and 3 external JARs to run the driver.

  1. If you didn’t specify –with-jvm-lib-add-rpath at configure time, set the path of the directory that contains in LD_LIBRARY_PATH or in /etc/

  2. Download jackcess-1.2.XX.jar (but 2.X does not with the current driver), commons-lang-2.4.jar and commons-logging-1.1.1.jar (other versions might work)

  3. Put the 3 JARs either in the lib/ext directory of the JRE (e.g. /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/jre/lib/ext) or in another directory and explicitly point to each of them with the CLASSPATH environment variable.


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