I have our database files that we've recovered from our server that was running ShopSite 7. ShopSite themselves are no help. Anyhow, I've managed to recover our orders and customers tables.

However, they are a .db file. Its not paradox according to

pxinfo -f path_to_db

The begining of the file starts like this (copied from vim)

IDB 2.1^@>^@^@^@^@^H^@^@^^G^@^@àç^Z^@ÐD6^@@^@^@^@^C^@^@^@ø<^@^@^H^A^@^@ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ^@^@^@^@^B^@^@^@^O^@^@^@Date_i18n_N65

Searching on IDB 2.1 lead me to InstantDB, which has been MIA since 2001 apparently. I've tired DbVizualizer but had no luck with that.

Anyone have any ideas how to read this file? See the pastie link for the header row and first record. It looks like garbage, but there is a pattern there.

1 Answer 1


Download this file:


it's the InstantDB java driver, then get DataBrowser from jmatrix.net

Start DataBrowser like so: java -jar databrowser.jar

Go Edit -> Edit Preferences -> Driver Manager -> Add, and add the idb-2.jar driver you downloaded above.

Then, go Database -> New Connection -> Instant DB, and browser to wherever your .db file is.

Let me know if this works, I don't have an example file to try out.

  • Thank you!!!! That connected me to the DB, now I just have to figure how to dump the data to a csv file and I'm done. Thank you!!!!
    – shaiss
    Sep 22, 2009 at 21:52
  • Looking more @ DataaBrowser its only showing sys tbls and no data. Any Ideas?
    – shaiss
    Sep 22, 2009 at 22:03
  • try "SELECT * from table-name"? and click the magnifying glass icon (execute SQL as query)
    – user20948
    Sep 22, 2009 at 22:21
  • turns out the DB I was using is an instantDB but in a proprietary format. Down with ShopSite!
    – shaiss
    Sep 23, 2009 at 19:28

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