Can I open a project file created with an older MAXQDA version in MAXQDA 2018?

Yes, you can open projects created with older MAXQDA versions in MAXQDA 2018.

To open a project created with an earlier version of MAXQDA, follow these steps:

  1. Start MAXQDA and select Open Project in the start window.
  2. In the dialog window that appears change the file type to the desired version of MAXQDA.
  3. Select the project you wish to open and click “open”
How to open MAXQDA 12 projects in MAXQDA 2018

MAXQDA 2018 creates a copy of the project in the new MX18 format and saves the project in the same folder as the old project.

View detailed instructions for this action in the “Starting the Program” chapter of the MAXQDA online manual.

MAXQDA 2018 for Windows can read the following project file types:

  • MAXQDA 12 (extension: MX12)
  • MAXQDA 11 for Windows (MX5)
  • MAXQDA 10 (MX4)
  • MAXQDA 2007 (MX3)
  • MAXQDA 2 (MX2)
  • MAXQDA (M2K)
  • MAXQDA Exchange files (MEX), that were created with MAXQDA for Mac versions 11.2.2 or newer
  • MAXQDA Exchange files (MEX), that were created with MAXQDA for Windows.

MAXQDA 2018 for Mac can read the following project file types:

  • MAXQDA 12 (extension: MX12)
  • MAXQDA 11 for Mac (MX11)
  • MAXQDA Exchange Files (MEX), that were created with MAXQDA for Mac version 11.2.2 or newer.
  • MAXQDA Exchange Files (MEX), that were created with MAXQDA for Windows version 11.1.0 or newer.


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