How can I open .QDF file from 2004 - (or .QDB file)

Farley Member
The current program will not open this format. I have a need for the data

Please help!


  • volvogirl
    volvogirl SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    You might need to go though Quicken 2013 to convert it.  You can download 2013 Deluxe for free using this how to convert article.  It’s under Converting from Quicken 2004-2009.

    FYI - All Quicken versions prior to QW2010 store your data in a series of files all sharing the same filename but with different extensions like - .IDX, .QEL, .QPH & .QDF, and all 4 of those files were rolled into a single-file .QDF in starting in 2010.

    I'm staying on Quicken 2013 Premier for Windows.

  • splasher
    splasher SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    If possible, use a different computer to do what Volvogirl has suggested, otherwise you will need to install 2013 and then your current version of Quicken when done with the old file and why mess with your current version if you don't have to.

    -splasher using Q continuously since 1996
    - Subscription Quicken - Win11 and QW2013 - Win11
    -Questions? Check out the Quicken Windows FAQ list

  • Farley
    Farley Member
    Thank you both....good advice to not use the same computer. Farley
  • Farley
    Farley Member
    My 2004 file (QDF) did not have what I wanted using Quicken program from 2013, (QW2013DLX)

    I located a data file from 2001 which is a .QDB format. The program to use is QW04DLX which seem to load alright until I tried to load the data file which it said would not access.

    So how do I convert from a QDB file??
  • Ps56k2
    Ps56k2 SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    YIKES -

    What is a QDB file?

    File created by Quicken versions 5 & 6 for Windows;
    saves the user's personal financial data in a proprietary format;
    replaced by the .QDF format in Quicken 98 and later.

    QWin - R54.16 - Win10

  • UKR
    UKR SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited July 2022

    A Quicken Win 5 and 6 data file consists of these components:

    • QDB (primary file)
    • QSD
    • QEL
    • QMD
    Normally, for a successful access (open and/or conversion) you need to have not only the QDB file, but the other data file components, too. So, if your file is called Qdata.QDB, you also need to have Qdata.QSD, Qdata.QEL and Qdata.QMD
    Be sure to store the data files in your \Documents\Quicken folder. If stored in a Program Files folder or elsewhere, Windows Security might start throwing monkey wrenches.
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