Thursday, 27 April 2017


I am a big fan of Portabase. I first started using it back in 2010. At the time I had been using an Excel spreadsheet for my radio related frequencies and information but I had found some limits of using this. I made a good start but after some issues I gave up and went back to using Excel. I have recently tried Portabase again and have had much better success this time.

PortaBase (portable database) is a program for conveniently managing one-table database files. It is available for many platforms, including Linux, Mac OS X (Tiger and up), Windows (XP and up), Maemo (Diablo and Fremantle), and the Pandora handheld PC. Notable features include:
  • String, Integer, Decimal, Boolean, Note (multi-line text), Date, Time, Calculation, Sequence, Image, and Enum column types
  • Add, edit, and delete rows of data
  • Custom data views (subsets of the columns in any order)
  • Filter the displayed rows using sets of conditions
  • Sort the rows by any combination of columns, each in ascending or descending order
  • Optional page navigation buttons, with custom number of rows per page
  • Add, delete, rearrange, and rename columns at any time
  • Specify default values for columns
  • View summary statistics for columns (total, average, min, max, etc.)
  • Import data from CSV, XML, and MobileDB files
  • Export data to CSV, HTML, and XML files
  • Command-line format conversions (to and from XML, to and from CSV, from MobileDB, to HTML)
  • Data file encryption
  • Unicode support
  • Pick any available font to use throughout the application (except on Mac OS X)
  • User-specified alternating row background colors (except on Fremantle)
  • Simple calculator widget for entering numeric data
PortaBase is free software licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Portabase can be downloaded from here:

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