Locating Database File (MS Access)

Find the Database and Configuration Files

By default, the apecal.mdb database is stored in the Settings Folder unless the database was moved to another location, like a network folder.  The default Data & Settings Folders is different for different versions of Calibration Control (our Calibration Management Software ) and different operation systems.  Refer to the Folders Help Topic for an overview of the ones used by Ape Database Software.

Method 1 - Version 5.5 and Higher

This is the best method to find the database if the application can be opened.

The easiest way to find the Data Folder in versions 5.5 and higher is to select the Open Data Folder Option from the File dropdown menu.

Open Data Folder

Otherwise, the default Data Folder is located at:

C:\Users\Public\Documents\Ape Software\Calibration Control

Method 2 - Version 8.0 and Higher

This is the best method to find the database if the application cannot be opened.

Versions 8.0.4 and higher automatically create a Connection Log file (connectionlog___.csv) found in the Settings Folder (see section above).  The Connection Log can be read with a spreadsheet program, like MS Excel.  This file logs each of the connections to the database (e.g., path).  A blank path statement in the connection log means that the database was located in the default location (i.e., Settings Folder).

Method 3 - General Config File

If the apecal.mdb file is not located in the folders described above, the path to the database can be found inside the general.config file located in the Settings folder.  After finding the general.config file, open it either by double-clicking or using a common text editor like Notepad.

Database Path
For more information and specific troubleshooting tips, please refer to the Troubleshooting Database Location help page.

Last Updated:  26 June 2022