JavaDBF Found a New Home as Shuts Down

by anil on December 26, 2013

I wrote JavaDBF library back in 2003 as no Free/Open Source library was available to read/write XBase file formats in Java. That period was the fag end of XBase’s glory days. Many legacy data were available in that format which need to be fetched/migrated/exported to RDBMS-based system or to spreadsheet formats. Since its first version, JavaDBF has been used in a variety of applications ranging from personal projects to business systems to embedded systems. It has been ported to .Net by independent contributors and thus made it available in native Microsoft platform as well. A version that works in Android too is available now. However, one of the applications that fascinated me most was from the agro/farm domain:

We’re using JavaDBF to make it easier to read data coming from certain sensors that are used in tractors. They measure lots of values which can be read as a dbf file that contains those values together with GPS coordinates which we use to project on a map.

When I ran a check on the net recently, I found many “unauthorized” (claiming to be the original version) forks spread across the Web and that too with donation buttons! That’s how Free/Open Source works 🙂

JavaDBF which was released in GNU/LGPL license had been available for download at ever since. It crossed 50,000 downloads so far and still counting. sarovar-top-projects Unfortunately,–India’s first and probably last Free/Open Source hosting website–is shutting down this December 31 (2013). See the details here: (link will be available till the shutdown).

So JavaDBF that still continues to be popular had to find a new home and it finally moved into Google Code. sarovar-most-active-projects It will be available at the URL: here onwards. Google Code is no match for considering the facilities such as project web site, forums and mail lists which were available at But I have decided to opt for Google Code instead of other available options.

Indian Free/Open Source history will not be complete without the story of which was solely funded by River Valley Technologies and maintained by the folks at Linuxense/Mettle Networks for the past 10+ years. Thanks to all those who made it run this far.

Good bye,!

New link for JavaDBF:

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Original shutdown notice published at Copied here for archival purpose:

Pulling Down

We have been serving the free software community by hosting free/open source software projects at since October 2002. While doing this, we took extra care not to accept commercial advertisements or government funding to foot the bills of Sarovar. Indeed, the community has reciprocated this fact by registering their projects in a big way and gained respectability among free software enthusiasts in the sub-continent as the first Indian free software portal.

However, in recent times, things are not as bright as it used to be. The burden of resource mobilization and resource crunch experienced by the sponsoring organization have retarded the modernization programs envisaged at Sarovar. The resultant effect was devastating as we could not provide the kind of quality service to match the legitimate expectations of user community. Hardware failures haunted Sarovar much to the dismay of project leads. This caused migration of lead projects from Sarovar to portals like, GitHub, that has been steadily gaining ground.

We also noticed that no projects have been registered in recent times, of course, not without reason, and activities at Sarovar are on a steady decline. Taking stock of the current situations and our own resources at hand, we resolved that we would pull down Sarovar instead of providing substandard services to the community. Therefore, we take this opportunity to serve notice to all registered users and projects at Sarovar that the server will be grounded by December 31, 2013. All users may kindly do the needful to protect their projects.

We at Sarovar take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to the free/open source software community that has given us tremendous support and patronage all through these years. Hope that we will serve the community in some other useful way and will meet you again at some point of time, before long.

Best regards

Sarovar Team

December 1, 2013

by anil on January 6, 2014 at 1:22 am. #

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