One of the apps offered in the free and open-source LibreOffice suite is called Base. Base is a front end application for creating, connecting to, or reading databases (including those created with Microsoft Access). This guide will walk you through the process of using Base to create a simple but useful database of your own and start entering data.
1. Install LibreOffice Base
The LibreOffice suite, an alternative to the Microsoft Office suite, is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. There are several ways to install it on your system (particularly if you’re a Linux user) but you can download the official installation packages at libreoffice.org/download. In this article, we’ll be using LibreOffice version 126.96.36.199.
2. Launch Base and Create a Database
Once LibreOffice is installed, launch Base from your desktop. Every time you open Base, you’ll see this dialog, asking you if you want to start a new database or open an existing one. Select the Create a new database radio button.
Base comes with a relational database management system called HSQLDB (HyperSQL Database Management System) that’s ready to use and is the default option.
HSQLDB is ideal for your first project, as it’s simple and easy