OpenOffice.org Base is the database application of OpenOffice.org, similar to Microsoft Access. Base allows the creation and manipulation of databases and the building of forms and reports to provide easy access to data for end-users. As with Access, Base is able to work as a front-end to a variety of database systems, including Access databases (JET), ODBC data sources, MySQL, and PostgreSQL.
Base was not available in the 1.x versions of OpenOffice.org, becoming part of the suite starting with version 2.0. Base enables you to manipulate database data seamlessly within OpenOffice.org. Create and modify tables, forms, queries, and reports, either using your own database or Base’s own built-in HSQLDB database engine. Base offers a choice of using Wizards, Design Views, or SQL Views for beginners, intermediate, and advanced users.
Maintaining your data
With Base, you can:
- Create new tables for your data - and also change them as your needs change
- Maintain indexes on the tables to make data access faster
- View a table in an editing grid and add, change, and delete records
- Use the Report Wizard to produce impressive reports from your data
- Use the Form Wizard to create 'instant' database applications
Using your data
Using Base, you can not only browse your data, but also:
- Perform simple (single column) or complex (multi-column) sorts
- View subsets of your data with simple (one-click) or complex (logical query) filters
- Create powerful queries to show your data in new ways, including summaries and multi-table views
- Produce reports in a wide variety of formats using the Report AutoPilot
- Base allows you to extend it's functionality via built in scripting capabilities
A user maintained FAQ page for questions regarding migrating MS-Access databases to Base is being started at MSA-Base Faq
For more advanced requirements, Base supports many popular databases database natively (Adabas D, ADO, Microsoft Access, MySQL), or any database through industry-standard ODBC and JDBC drivers. It also supports any LDAP compliant address book, as well as common formats such as Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Windows, and Mozilla.