Converting Your Data (Quicken for Mac)

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Overview

If you've used other versions of Quicken or other tools to manage your personal finances, you can convert your existing data file to Quicken for Mac compatible files (and in some cases, vice versa). 

What files can be converted

  • Quicken for Mac 2007, Essentials, 2015, 2016, and 2017
  • Quicken 2011 for Windows or newer versions.
  • Quicken Interchange Format - QIF files
  • Quicken for Mac products older than 2007 are not supported for conversion; we recommend that you open a new data file in the latest version of Quicken, for stability. For more information, see How and When to Use an Intermediate Version To Convert Older Versions of Quicken.

Before converting your file

  • The conversion of Quicken for Mac to Quicken for Windows Starter Edition is not currently possible. The option to import QXF files, which is necessary for this conversion process, is not available. 
  • If you're converting a data file because you've upgraded to the Subscription Release, you will need to make sure that the new version is installed before starting the conversion process. For installation steps, click here
  • Don't delete your old data file until you've reviewed your new data file.
  • After you finish converting your data to the Subscription Release of Quicken for Mac, you'll want to review the new file to make sure that everything got carried over correctly. You'll need to be able to view the old data file so you can compare balances and transactions.
  • It's a good idea to hold on to a backup of your old data file for a while, just in case you need to refer back to it.

Previous versions of Mac

Converting from Quicken Mac 2015, 2016, or 2017 to the Subscription Release of Quicken for Mac

After installing the Subscription Release of Quicken for Mac, you will be prompted to select which version of Quicken you will be converting. When you are converting from Quicken for Mac 2015, 2016 or 2017, follow the steps below.

  • Open Quicken for Mac and Update your online accounts and scheduled transactions.  
  • Quit Quicken for Mac. The file cannot be imported if Quicken is running. 
  • Open the Subscription release of Quicken for Mac. Select Start from a Quicken for Mac 2015, 2016, or 2017 file. 
  • Click the Next button and choose the file to convert (or drag and drop the file on the window).
  • Click Next to convert your file.  
  • Wait while the conversion is processing.
    • How will I know if my data file is being converted?
      You'll see a message telling you that your data file is being imported
      Converting Your Data (Quicken for Mac)

      Note: This could take a very long time if you have a very large data file (more than five or ten years of data) and/or an older computer.

  • Now your data should show up in Quicken. 

Note: Always check the account balances before and after the conversion.

Convert from Quicken Essentials for Mac

  1. Select Start from a Quicken Essentials File.
  2. You'll be prompted to choose the Quicken Essentials file you'd like to convert to Quicken 2017 or the Subscription release.
    • Tell me more

      Your existing Quicken Essentials file will be converted to a new Quicken data file and an unconverted copy of it will also be created.

      Your Quicken Essentials file to convert will end with the file extension .quickendata

  3. Next, you'll be prompted to log in with the Quicken ID associated with your existing Quicken Essentials file.
    • Tell me more

      If you downloaded transactions from your financial institutions using Quicken Essentials, we strongly recommend that you log in with your existing Quicken ID when prompted. This will ensure that you are able to seamlessly continue downloading from your connected accounts after converting to your new Quicken.

      If you are prompted to provide access to Mac Keychain, select Always allow.

      If you've never used connected services with Quicken Essentials (did not download transactions) you may be prompted to set up a new Quicken ID. You can use any existing Quicken ID by clicking Sign in with my Quicken ID or just create a new Quicken ID.

  4. If this is the first time you've used Quicken, you'll be asked to Register Quicken. 
  5. Next, you can opt in to use Quicken's Mobile app. Make your selection and continue.
  6. After these steps, your Quicken Essentials data will be converted and you should see the Overview screen. All of your accounts will be accessible in the sidebar.

Convert from Quicken 2007 for Mac

After installing Quicken for Mac you will be prompted to select which version of Quicken you will be converting. When you are converting from Quicken for Mac 2007 follow the steps below.

Note: Prior to converting your data file, make sure that it has no data file password; remove it if there is one. Disable downloading of transactions on all accounts. Disable "Pay bills online" on any current, active accounts.

  • Select Start from a Quicken Mac 2007 file. 
  • If prompted, sign in using your Quicken ID, or create a Quicken ID
  • Select your Mobile preferences. 
  • Open Quicken Mac 2007 and Update your online accounts and scheduled transactions.  
  • Quit Quicken Mac 2007. The file cannot be imported if Quicken Mac 2007 is running. 
  • Click the Select button and choose the file to convert (or drag and drop the file on the window).
  • Click Next to convert your file.  
  • Wait while the conversion is processing
    • How will I know if my data file is being converted?
      You'll see a message telling you that your data file is being imported.
      Converting Your Data (Quicken for Mac)

      Note: This could take a very long time if you have a large data file (more than five or ten years of data) and/or an older computer.

  • Now your data should show up in Quicken. 

Note: For Bill Pay in Quicken 2017, be sure that your account connection is set to Direct Connect. Click here for more information on connection types. Always check the account balances before and after the conversion.

Windows Conversion

Convert from Quicken for Windows to Quicken for Mac

Instructions to convert a Quicken Windows data file can be found here

Convert from Quicken for Mac to Quicken for Windows

The process to convert from Quicken for Mac to Quicken for Windows is not currently working properly.  

We recommend to start a new file when switching from Quicken for Mac to Quicken for Windows.

Convert from Quicken for Mac 2007 to Quicken for Windows

Instructions for this process can be found here.

Please note that this is not a process that we can provide support for if you encounter a problem.

Other

Start from a .QIF file exported from another application (Banktivity or Moneydance)

Disclaimer

Quicken has no control over the data that is exported from other personal finance applications. As such, our import is only as good as the exported data provided in a .QIF file.

We want to make the transition to Quicken easy and have put a great deal of effort into handling issues related to missing or incorrect data that is imported from other personal finance applications.

However, we have found gaps or missing data in these exported QIF files, especially with investing transactions. As a result, some data cleanup may be required after your data is imported into Quicken (see the known Banktivity and Moneydance issues below).

Please read this topic carefully to ensure a smooth transition to Quicken:

Note: Personal finance applications other than Banktivity and Moneydance have not been tested for import in Quicken for Mac.

Quicken 2017 and the Subscription Release of Quicken support data import from other personal finance applications such as Banktivity (formerly iBank) and Moneydance. For this, you need to first export data from the other applications into a .QIF file and then import the .QIF file into Quicken for Mac.

  • Export data from Banktivity to a .QIF file

    1. Open your Banktivity application. Select File > Export > QIF file.
    2. Make sure that you select all the accounts you wish to import into Quicken. Incremental import of QIF files into Quicken is not supported.
    3. Save the newly created QIF file and exit Banktivity.

  • Export data from Moneydance to a .QIF file

    1. Open your Moneydance application. Select File > Export.
    2. On the Export Date window, select Format: QIF and date: All Dates.
    3. Save the newly created QIF file and exit Moneydance.

  • Import an exported .QIF file into Quicken for Mac 2017 or the Subscription Release

    1. Open Quicken for Mac.
    2. Select File > New to start a new data file. The Let’s Get Started window is displayed.
    3. Select the option Start from a .QIF file exported from another application.
    4. You will be prompted to sign in or create a new Quicken ID.
    5. You will be asked if you want to use Quicken’s Mobile app. Make your selection and continue.
    6. Click Next. The Import data from another application window is displayed.
    7. Follow the on-screen instructions and import the .QIF file into Quicken.

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