Unlike the apparently similar question already asked where the .dbf is associated with the .shp, my problem is simply opening a .dbf in order to join it with a disconnected shapefile by table join.

My question is quite simple: how can I open a .dbf file in QGIS?

I can't find the right instruction to do it.

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You should just be able to use the "Add vector layer..." menu item to open the DBF file. It will show up as a table layer in the layers panel, and you can refer to it in the table join settings of another layer.


press "CTRL+L"->"Browser"->Select .dbf file in tree->Add selected layer(s)->Select added in "Layers" panel (if no already selected)->press "F6". voilà

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