Outlook Express Database

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File Format
Name Outlook Express Database
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Extension(s) .dbx
PRONOM fmt/838, fmt/839

An Outlook Express Database (DBX) is used by Microsoft Outlook Express (distinct from Outlook) to store e-mail messages and folders.

File identification

Files begin with hex bytes CF AD 12 FE.

This is followed by a class ID (CLSID) depending on whether the file contains messages or folders:

  • Message Database: 6F74FDC5-E366-11d1-9A4E-00C04FA309D4
  • Folder Database: 6F74FDC6-E366-11d1-9A4E-00C04FA309D4
  • Offline Database: 26FE9D30-1A8F-11D2-AABF-006097D474C4

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