.MDF File Extension

There are 4 file types use the .MDF file extension:

  1. Media Disc Image File
  2. Measurement Data Format File
  3. SQL Server Database File
  4. Translation Memory Data Find File

1. Media Disc Image File

Media Disc Image File

An MDF file is a disc image saved by a disc authoring program such as Alcohol 120%. It stores the actual CD or DVD disc data, while the header and track information is stored in a corresponding .MDS file. MDF files are similar to .ISO files, but are saved in a different format.

MDF files may also be accompanied by .MDS files, which contain metadata about the MDF files. they include information, such as where the disc layers begin and end and copyright information.

Software's name License Platforms
Alcohol 120 Alcohol 120 Commercial Windows
CyberLink PowerDVD CyberLink PowerDVD Commercial Windows
DT Soft Daemon Tools DT Soft Daemon Tools Commercial MacWindows
HH Software Virtual CD HH Software Virtual CD Commercial Windows
MagicISO MagicISO Commercial Windows
PowerISO PowerISO Commercial MacWindows
Smart Projects IsoBuster Smart Projects IsoBuster Shareware Windows
WinMount International WinMount WinMount International WinMount Commercial Windows

Updated: September 15, 2017

2. Measurement Data Format File

Measurement Data Format File

Standard file format used by the automotive industry for storing measurement data; contains raw measurement data from a measurement and the metadata necessary to interpret the raw data.

NOTE: The Vector MDF Validator is used for validating MDF files.

Software's name License Platforms
asammdf asammdf Free Windows
National Instruments DIAdem National Instruments DIAdem Free Trial Windows
Vector CANape Vector CANape Paid Windows
Vector CANgraph   —  Discontinued Vector CANgraph  —  Discontinued Free Windows
Vector MDF Validator Vector MDF Validator Free Windows

Updated: August 31, 2017

3. SQL Server Database File

SQL Server Database File

Primary database file format used by Microsoft SQL Server, an enterprise-level database program; used for database files installed with SQL Server and related add-ons; custom MDF files may also be created by the user.

Software's name License Platforms
Aryson SQL Database Recovery Aryson SQL Database Recovery Free Trial Windows
Microsoft SQL Server Microsoft SQL Server Commercial Windows
Microsoft Visual Studio Microsoft Visual Studio Commercial Windows

Updated: January 13, 2018

4. Translation Memory Data Find File

Translation Memory Data Find File
  • Developer SDL
  • Popularity
    3.4 (87 votes)
  • Category Misc Files
  • Format N/A

Supporting file for a translation memory used by Trados translation software; enables fast look up of data within the translation memory.

A translation memory (TM) includes five file types including MDF, .TMW, .IIX, .MTF, and .MWF files.

Software's name License Platforms
SDL Trados SDL Trados Windows

Updated: May 14, 2009

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