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Intuit Interchange Format (.IIF) files

Intuit Interchange Format (.IIF) files are ASCII text, CSV files that QuickBooks uses to import/export lists and to import transactions. The .IIF import and export utilities are on the QuickBooks File menu.

Importing and exporting .IIF files created by QuickBooks is fairly easy because QuickBooks formats the file for you. However, creating .iif files from scratch or adapting data from another program is technically complex and may be difficult if you don't have experience formatting delimited text files. In that situation it may be faster and easier to enter the information directly into QuickBooks unless you have very large amounts of data to import.

Detailed instructions

Ready to get started?

The import kit is probably a good choice if you think you're ready. The detailed .iif header information may help, too. If you're not sure, you can also look at the next section for more information.

Importing information through .iif format can be tough so you should:


Need more information?

Importing and exporting data using .iif format can be very tricky. Learn more about .iif format:

What you can do with iif files:

  • Export lists from one QuickBooks company file and import them into another
     
  • Import lists or transactions into QuickBooks from another program
     
  • Export list to and Import data from the  QuickBooks Pro Timer.
     
  • Share data between different QuickBooks editions and platforms (such as Pro, Premier, and Enterprise, or between Windows and Mac)
     


 

If these steps do not resolve the issue, you can read discussions and post messages and questions relating to your issue on the Intuit QuickBooks Community site for free or you can contact a technical support agent for additional guidance. Fees may apply.

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