.pdb

File Type 1 Generic IconProgram Database
File Format Standard
Usage Runs when opened
Rank ★ ★ ★  Common
Description

Program database files are installed with various programs. They contain data in a structured database format and are typically referenced by the corresponding program while the program is running.

Multiple programs use program database files, but most save the files in a proprietary format. Therefore, a specific PDB file may only be recognized by one program.

Open With
Windows

IconIntuit Quicken for Windows

IconMicrosoft Visual Studio

macOS

IconIntuit Quicken for Mac

Updated March 3, 2010
File Type 2 Protein Data Bank File IconProtein Data Bank File
File Format Standard
Usage Open manually
Rank ★ ★ ☆  Average
Description

Contains 3D coordinates of atoms present in a protein or other chemical compound; standard format used by RCSB (Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics) to study the 3D structure of biological macromolecules.

PDB files can typically be viewed within a Web browser that has a molecular viewer plugin installed.

Open With
Windows

IconAvogadro

IconJmol

IconRasMol

macOS

IconAvogadro

IconJmol

IconApple Safari with JmolApplet or Protein ...

Unix

IconAvogadro

IconJmol

IconRasMol

Updated 2007
File Type 3 Generic IconPowerDesigner Database Backup File
File Format Proprietary (Sybase)
Usage Open manually
Rank ★ ☆ ☆  Uncommon
Description

Backup of a PowerDesigner database (.PDM) file; includes data saved in the database as well as references to other files; created as a backup in case the main database file needs to be restored.

Open With
Windows

IconSybase PowerDesigner

Updated 2007
File Type 4 Palm Desktop Database File IconPalm Desktop Database File
File Format Standard (developed by Palm)
Usage Open manually
Rank ★ ★ ★  Common
Description

PDB files are generated by PDAs that use the Palm OS. The PDB format supports multiple types of data, including text, images, and spreadsheets. It is also commonly used for eBooks distributed on the Palm platform.

Important: The Palm OS has mostly been replaced by other mobile operating systems, such as iOS and Android. It is possible to read PDB files on Android and iOS devices using third-party apps.

Open With
Windows

IconPalm Desktop

IconFictionwise eReader

IconLLUSoft PDB Explorer

macOS

IconPlanamesa NeoOffice

IconFictionwise eReader

IconLemkesoft GraphicConverter

Unix

Icontxt2pdbdoc

IconXnViewMP

Updated February 6, 2012
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