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Microsoft Access Alternatives

Microsoft Office Access is described as 'Microsoft Access, part of the Microsoft Office Suite, is a database management system for Windows that combines the relational Microsoft Jet Database Engine with a graphical user interface and software-development tools' and is a popular database manager in the development category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Microsoft Office Access for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is LibreOffice - Base, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Microsoft Office Access are DBeaver, Airtable, Claris FileMaker and NocoDB.

Microsoft Office Access alternatives are mainly Database Managers but may also be Spreadsheet Apps or Team Collaboration Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Microsoft Office Access.
This page was last updated May 29, 2022
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  1. LibreOffice - Base

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com

    Base is a full-featured desktop database front end, designed to meet the needs of a broad array of users, for all kinds of usages, such as keeping track of collections of objects,maintaining customer information databases,maintaining student grade and curriculum...

    LibreOffice - Base vs Microsoft Office Access opinions
    Some users think LibreOffice - Base is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Access, some don't.

    LibreOffice is the most popular office suite on Linux and the open source community. It's completely free and open source, while the latest version of Microsoft Access requires a subscription. Based on OpenOffice Base, LibreOffice Base is a popular alternative to Access.

    Top positive comment  over 4 years ago
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    Libre Office is far from MS Access. You may connect to db servers, yes, but it's not possible to design and present a well structured user interface like an commercial application, and also, the programming language, and the interface aren't enough developed to achive the strenght and the power of MS Access. (I'm a OS Lover, but I'm sorry, Access is enough one of the mosts powerful user database, which any developer may deploy wide and very strong applications.)

    Top negative comment  over 4 years ago
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    I have used this product in the past, and there are really no templates, or the templates are from the community and that is just not good enough.

    Negative comment 8 months ago
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    Microsoft Access is for Small businesses looking to create a database without a server. Base just can't compete with that function; it's more of a glorified spreadsheet.

    Negative comment over 3 years ago
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    LO Base does lack huge amount of user-friendly functionality which MS Access has. It is more like a LO-Writer based front-end. Very much (and very much common) tasks can only be done by including macro-code, so you have to be quite skilled in programming Base. For that it's not a good alternative to MS Access, except you just want to do simple tasks. For any more complicated tasks it's just very time-consuming.

    Negative comment about 4 years ago
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    Is a good alternative; even better because it uses common and more powerful databases like mysql or postgres

    Positive comment over 5 years ago
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  2. DBeaver - Universal Database Manager and SQL Client. DBeaver is free and open source (GPL) universal database tool for developers and database administrators.



  3. Airtable is the easy but powerful organizational tool that works exactly the way you want. It's as fast and flexible as a spreadsheet, but offers a refreshingly clean, modern way to organize and collaborate on everything.

  4. Claris FileMaker

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    FileMaker is a cross-platform relational database application. It integrates a database engine with a graphical user interface and security features, allowing users to modify the database by dragging new elements into layouts, screens, or forms.

    Most users think Claris FileMaker is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Access.
  5. NocoDB is a feature-rich, open source #NoCode platform that turns any database into a smart spreadsheet similar to Airtable.



  6. A simple development environment databases, without the help of specialists and programming skills, you will create a Windows application databases. It can be as simple telephone directory and accounting system in your business.

    My Visual Database vs Microsoft Office Access opinions
    Most users think My Visual Database is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Access.
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    My Visual Database is simplest.

    Positive comment about 7 years ago
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    Like Access but easy to use

    Positive comment over 4 years ago
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  7. Symphytum is a personal database software for everyone who desires to manage and organize data in an easy and intuitive way, without having to study complex database languages and software user interfaces.

    Discontinued

    The GitHub repository is archived, no longer maintained.

    Symphytum vs Microsoft Office Access opinions
    Some users think Symphytum is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Access, some don't.

    Missing lot functionalities

    Negative comment almost 2 years ago
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    It doesn't open Access DB files to convert

    Negative comment over 4 years ago
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    It is a good portable software for simple table create, data entry. It is better if it can provide more on query for different field.

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  8. Grist

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Combine the flexibility of a spreadsheet with the robustness of a database to organize your data, your way.

  9. Kexi

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Kexi is considered as a long awaited Open Source competitor for Microsoft Access, Filemaker and Oracle Forms.

    Kexi vs Microsoft Office Access opinions
    Some users think Kexi is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Access, some don't.

    Crashes often, lacks much of the same functionality

    Negative comment almost 5 years ago
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  10. Apache OpenOffice Base

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Database management solution from OpenOffice.

    Most users think Apache OpenOffice Base is a great alternative to Microsoft Office Access.
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