dBASE II v2.x

Ashton-Tate dBase was an early popular database management system for CP/M and MS-DOS. It was regarded as one of the killer applications for CP/M, and achieved good success. At the time of conception Ashton-Tate was a garage based company but quickly grew.

In 1982, enjoying large success on CP/M, dBASE II was ported to DOS and the IBM PC. By the start of 1984 dBASE II had retained about 70% of the computer database market with over 150,000 copies sold.

In 1988, after years of promises to rewrite, Ashton-Tate released dBASE IV. This version would be seen as its downfall, as it was slow, buggy, slow, incompatible, slow, and unable to compete against newer SQL offerings. It was eventually sold to Borland in 1991, who then continued to sell dBase III Plus as well as IV. Many dBASE developers would eventually start working in the closely related Fox Software / Microsoft FoxPro system.

Wanted: dBase Mac Wanted: dBase III Plus distributed by Borland.

dBase II is a relational database application. Despite the "II" in the name, dBase II was the first version of the dBase product.

Product type
Application Database
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Download Name Version Language CPU File type File size
dBase II 2.35 for CPM-80 [Zenith Z-100] II 2.35 for CPM-80 English Other 5¼ Floppy 64.97KB
dBase II 2.4 for DOS (5.25-160k) II 2.4 for DOS English x86 5¼ Floppy 819.36KB
dBase II 2.4 for DOS [Seimens PC-D] (5.25-DSQD) II 2.4 for DOS [Seimens PC-D] English x86 5¼ Floppy 63.17KB
dBase II 2.4 for DOS [Tandy 2000] (5.25-DSQD) II 2.4 for DOS [Tandy 2000] English x86 5¼ Floppy 11.54MB
dBase II 2.40 for CPM-80 II 2.40 for CPM-80 English Other Archive 94.21KB
dBase II 2.41 for CPM-86 II 2.41 for CPM-86 English x86 Archive 186.97KB
dBase II 2.43 for CPM-80 [Kaypro OEM] II 2.43 for CPM-80 [Kaypro OEM] English Other Archive 113KB
dBase II 2.4A r01 for NEC APC (8-inch) II 2.4A r01 for NEC APC English x86 Archive 9.68MB


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