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ADBC (Windows Database Connectivity)

This feature is deprecated for post-9.x products.

ADBC (Acrobat Database Connectivity) is a Javascript object inside of Acrobat that allows you to connect to Windows ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) data sources. ADBC can be used in document-level scripts to connect to a database for the purposes of inserting new information, updating existing information, and deleting database entries. ADBC provides a simplified interface to ODBC, which it uses to establish a connection to a database and access its data, and supports the usage of SQL statements for data access, update, deletion, and retrieval.

Thus, a necessary requirement to the usage of ADBC is that ODBC must be installed on a client machine running a Microsoft Windows operating system. In addition, ADBC does not provide security measures with respect to database access; it is assumed that the database administrator will establish and maintain the security of all data.

For more information, see the latest version of the JavaScript Reference in the Acrobat SDK.


This preference category contains the following subfeature(s):

Acrobat Database Connectivity

Controls Acrobat Database Connectivity (ADBC).

Summary table
bJSEnable Toggles Acrobat Database Connectivity (ADBC) on and off.
Supported on WindowsSupported by AcrobatSupported by Adobe Reader
Data type boolean: DWORD value > REG_DWORD
Default null
Version # 7.0.9-10.0
HKCU Path ADBC
HKLM Path Not lockable
Summary Toggles Acrobat Database Connectivity (ADBC) on and off.
Details Activates ADBC in Acrobat 7.0.9 and later. In previous releases of Acrobat, ADBC was active by default. Beginning with 8.0, ADBC is disabled by default. ADBC must be manually created.