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File extensions used in QuickBooks

The following table describes the file extensions that QuickBooks uses for files that it creates, imports, or exports.

Extension

File type

Description

.DES

QuickBooks form template

QuickBooks provides a variety of templates that you can use for your forms.

.IIF

Intuit Interchange Format file

You can import and export lists and/or transactions using text files with an .IIF extension.

.ND

QuickBooks Network Data File

A configuration file that allows access to the QuickBooks company file. Do not delete this configuration file.

.QBA

Accountant's Copy working file

When you export your QuickBooks data for your accountant to review, the accountant restores the export file on his or her computer as a file with a .QBA extension.

.QBA.TLG

transaction log file
(for Accountant's Copy)

When you back up an Accountant's Copy, QuickBooks starts a log of transactions that you've entered since the last time you backed up. The file is created during backup provided you have set a verification level. In case of accidental loss of data, Technical Support can use your most recent backup in conjunction with the transaction log file to recover your data.

.QBB

QuickBooks backup file

When you back up your company file, QuickBooks saves the backup file with a .QBB extension. To open a .QBB file, go to the File menu and click Restore.

.QBM

QuickBooks portable company file

When you want to e-mail or move a company file, QuickBooks creates a compressed version of the company file with a .QBM extension.

.QBR

Report template

When you export the template for a memorized report, QuickBooks saves the file with a .QBR extension.

.QBW

QuickBooks for Windows company file

When you create a company file, QuickBooks saves the file with a .QBW extension. For example, if you enter MyBusiness as the company name, QuickBooks saves the file as MyBusiness.QBW.

.QBW.TLG

transaction log file
(for QuickBooks company file)

When you back up your company file, QuickBooks starts a log of transactions that you've entered since the last time you backed up. In case of accidental loss of data, Technical Support can use your most recent backup in conjunction with the transaction log file to recover your data. This log file is also used if you sync your QuickBooks data with certain online services using Intuit Sync Manager. This allows ongoing syncs to happen much more quickly than the initial full upload of QuickBooks data into your online services.

.QBX

Accountant's Copy (export file)

When you export your QuickBooks data for your accountant to review, QuickBooks creates an Accountant's Copy with a .QBX extension.

.QBY

Accountant's Copy (import file)

When your accountant is finished making changes in an Accountant's Copy, he or she provides you with a .QBY file to be imported into your company file.

See also

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