importdbf is a utility for directly loading dBase data files into Stata. Currently the program only support dBase III and III Plus files.


You can install the latest version of the package directly from this repository using the following in Stata:

net install importdbf, from("") replace

Syntax and usage details are included in the associated Stata help file.


Contributions to this project are welcome. If you are interested in contributing, contact the project administrator. Particularly helpful contributions include:

  • Extending functionality to dBase IV/IV+ and dBase V/V+ file formats
  • Additional test cases
  • Improved documentation in the STHLP file


Copyright 2016 James Archsmith

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

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