.QIF File Extension

File Type 1

Quicken Interchange Format File

Developer Intuit
2.9  |  31 Votes
Category Data Files
Format Text

What is a QIF file?

A QIF file is an ASCII text file generated by Quicken financial software. It contains a user's financial liability and cash accounts in a text format that can easily be read by other programs, including text editors. QIF files are used to transfer data between different Quicken data files or from a financial institution's website to Quicken software.

More Information

The QIF format was originally developed by Intuit, but it is now supported by several financial and accounting programs. Some of these programs include Microsoft Money, Corel Quattro Pro, and GnuCash. You can import a QIF file in Quicken by selecting File → Import → QIF file, navigate to the location of the file, and choose the account to which you want to import the QIF file.

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Programs that open QIF files

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Updated March 22, 2018
File Type 2

QuickTime Image File

Developer Apple
2.6  |  5 Votes
Category Raster Image Files
Format Binary

Compressed image created by Apple QuickTime, a video player; sometimes referenced by QuickTime movies (.MOV files); uses a single-fork format instead of resource and data forks, which works well for cross-platform applications.

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QIF files are saved using "atoms," which are the basic units or structures that QuickTime uses to store information. QIF files use the same atom types as a QuickTime movie, which are "idsc" (stores the image description) and "idat" (stores the image data).

Apple recommends that the ".qif" file extension be used on non-Mac platforms, while the .QTIF extension be used on Mac platforms. However, both extensions can be found on Mac and non-Mac platforms.

Programs that open or reference QIF files

Apple QuickTime Viewer
Apple QuickTime Viewer
Included with OS
Updated June 8, 2008

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