What is a .DSN File And How To Open It (Simple Steps)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .dsn extension and you don’t know what it is? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .dsn file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .DSN file?

The .DSN file extension stands for Database Source Name File. The format of this file is text, and it is a database related file.

What to know

There are currently 2 software that can open the .dsn file on 2 platforms.

How to open a .DSN file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .DSN file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .DSN file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

The .dsn file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. The first step is to download the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .DSN file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .DSN file on Mac

The .dsn file can be opened in 4 steps on Mac.

1. The first step is to download the Apple ODBC Administrator software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Apple ODBC Administrator.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .DSN file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Apple ODBC Administrator software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

Still cannot open the .DSN file?

If you cannot open the .DSN file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .DSN file.dsn – Cadence Design Systems. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .DSN file with the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator program on Windows and Apple ODBC Administrator program on Mac.