ViewESE allows you to view the contents of an Extensible Storage Engine (ESE) database. This is a "read only" utility, so it doesn't not allow you to make any changes to the database.

Windows has many ESE databases, they are used for:

There are several other free utilities for reading ESE databases... but they typically do not have the ability to view the table schema or table indexes. Some other utilities are very buggy, and return nonsense when they run across a column they don't understand.

User's Guide

This is a very simple database viewer. You start with opening an ESE database with the File->Open Database menu, then you select the table you wish to view from the list of tables in the database.

File menu

View menu

Public Domain

This application and its source code are placed in the "public domain". That means it completely free, with no restrictions on its use. There is no license, so you can do anything you want with it, to include making money from it. You are also free to tinker with it, modify it, add new features, etc.


This application makes extensive use of the following libraries:

Other Related Projects

Take a look at these related projects:


There is no Windows installer... this is a simple standalone utility. The file below just has the single ViewESE.exe executable file.

Download the application file:
Optionally download the C# source code: