What is QFX File Format in QuickBooks & How to Use It?

In QuickBooks the QFX file format is used when there is a data transfer from quicken that is a accounting software as well to QuickBooks.ย  Such file formats like QFX are encrypted by which the details sent to or imported to QuickBooks is very secure.

The financial data is for specific accounts where accounts and the transactions which are in queue or the tags are present. There are converter which fixes the format issue of converting QBO file to QFX format which helps in the converting of quicken format to be turned to the accepting background of QuickBooks.

Uses of QFX file format in QuickBooks

  • These formats helps QuickBooks getting platform independent with the other softwareโ€™s like quicken.
  • For QFX formats the files must be imported first to get converted.
  • QFX converter helps to change the formats of file simultaneously in QuickBooks.
  • Some of the tools must be downloaded for the conversion of files.

Unfortunately QuickBooks does not support QFX files import. The main reason behind this is that the bank has to pay some charges to Intuit, to get the financial data exported in the format of .qbo web connect, which is supported by QB.

If the bank is not paying the fee, then you won’t be able to get your financial data downloaded into QuickBooks directly.

How to Overcome with The Limitation of QFX File to QuickBooks

To doing so, You need to follow mentioned below steps:

Total Time: 15 minutes

  1. Step One

    Get your financial data downloaded as QFX file

  2. Step Two

    Get your file opened in text editor such as Notepad++, then search Intuit Bank ID label, located closer to the top of the code: <INTU.BID> add a number after this. Few samples of QFX file are

    ๐Ÿ’  <OFX>
    ๐Ÿ’  <SONRS>
    ๐Ÿ’  <SEVERITY>INFO
    ๐Ÿ’  <SIGNONMSGSRSV1>
    ๐Ÿ’  <FI>
    ๐Ÿ’  </SONRS>
    ๐Ÿ’  <DTSERVER>20090618000000[-5:EST]
    ๐Ÿ’  <STATUS>
    ๐Ÿ’  <LANGUAGE>ENG
    ๐Ÿ’  <CODE>0
    ๐Ÿ’  <INTU.BID>1234
    ๐Ÿ’  <FID>12345
    ๐Ÿ’  </FI>
    ๐Ÿ’  </STATUS>
    ๐Ÿ’  <ORG>ABC BANK

  3. Step Three

    Get the number changed after <INTU.BID> with that of a banking institutions, which Intuit supports.

  4. Step Four

    Save your file as .qbo

  5. Step Five

    Get the QBO file imported to QuickBooks by following this procedure, go to the Banking then Online Banking and then to Import Web Connect File or open the QuickBooks and click twice on. QBO file in order to import it.

  6. Step Six

    You will then be asked to choose the account in which you want QBO file to be imported.

QuickBooks being a game changer for small business organisation. It will ensure that your accounting data is well organised and you track your sales, profit and loss etc in perfect way. With so much of ease there comes some problems as well, because nothing is perfect and up to the mark.

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