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How do I open a QBB file?

by Rockman59 / December 29, 2007 8:17 AM PST

When doing a backup save to CD with my QuickBooks program it always saves the back up in a "QBB". How do I convert this file to something my computer will open? QuickBoooks has been no help.

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You don't ...
by Edward ODaniel / December 30, 2007 3:07 AM PST

because it is a back-up file in a "special" format. You should have no NEED (other than curiosity) to open the file and doing that risks corruption and an unusable backup.

If you just HAVE to see what is in the file you could take a look at it with a hex editor such as FRHED.EXE (stands for FRee Hex EDitor) although if you have to ask it is doubtful you will understand the output which will consist of many lines looking similar to:

9c 0a 58 ed 99 05 58 14 5d 17 7c 41 01 5b 11 eb... .X.i..X.].CA.[.[I ....

with a few readable words of text in the right column (where the .X.i starts).

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Opening QBB saved file (explanation)
by Rockman59 / December 30, 2007 11:30 AM PST
In reply to: You don't ...

When I say "open the file" I mean: after saving my info to a CD-R disc from my QuickBooks program the CD-R cannot be opened upon playback because my info has been burned to the CD-R in a "QBB" file.
I don't want to open the file because of curiosity, I want to be able to open the CD-R on another computer and read the backed up info. How do I get the computer to read a QBB file that is saved on a CD-R disc.

Thanks for you help.

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You open QuickBooks on the other computer ...
by Edward ODaniel / December 30, 2007 12:44 PM PST

then go to the File menu and click Restore and point it at the file location.

That is how back ups work.

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Re: explanation.
by Kees Bakker / December 30, 2007 6:13 PM PST

This is not a real explanation, I'm afraid.

"The CD-R can't be opened'. What do you mean with 'opening' a CD?
"read the backed up info". What do you mean with 'read'? I'd say the a hex editor, like mentioned by Edward, is a very good way to look into any file.


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Question for thought
by mstaihr / January 1, 2008 1:53 PM PST

Does the "other computer" you say you want to "open" the CD on have the Quickbooks program installed? The others may not have understood what I think you are wanting to do. It appears that you want the data in the backup to appear as a normal readable file such as an account etc., but it is going to require, as one person stated, hitting file restore which would have to be done under the Quickbooks application. This may not be much help to you but the others may be misunderstanding what you are asking.

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This can be achieved
by Dango517 / January 1, 2008 4:17 PM PST
In reply to: Question for thought

by changing the file extension association in folder options. This will automatically convert the received file extension into a usable form by the computer receiving the file. This might however, make using these files on this receiving computer impossible. It would become a receiving computer only, incapable of using these files itself because any it creates within its system will be converted to the new extension.

I recently changed a file association and they would not "entirely" revert back. Some did, some didn't, mostly folders where effected. Perhaps this can be done but it is not an easy fix. This could become a very tangled web. I have not forgotten that these are financial records and perhaps not worth the risk.
I'd certainly check it out on useless data first before running any risks with the company books.

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The QBB file update
by Rockman59 / January 1, 2008 11:12 PM PST
In reply to: This can be achieved

Thanks for all your help and suggestions. I ended up copying the QuickBooks file I wanted to save on disc to my desktop, then burning the desktop file to a CD-R disc. That disc will now open the file on my computer. I have not tried the disc yet in a different computer to see if it will may be that each computer must have the QuickBooks program installed to open anything associated with QuickBooks. But at least I do have the info I needed on a CD-R disc and that is what I was trying to achieve. Thanks again.

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Unlike some
by Dango517 / January 2, 2008 6:51 AM PST
In reply to: The QBB file update

I wish you well and hope this works for you.

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NO! Changing the file extension ...
by Edward ODaniel / January 2, 2008 3:24 AM PST
In reply to: This can be achieved
will NOT "automatically convert the received file extension into a usable form by the computer receiving the file" - it will still be a QBB archive file with a "different" extension. It still will NOT be a readable file in another program any more than changing the extension of a JPEG (*.jpg) file to a TEXT (*.txt) file will make it readable in Notepad.
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by Dango517 / January 2, 2008 5:07 AM PST

It is not possible to change a .jpeg to a .txt file but it is possible to display a jpeg, a gif, and an HDR file extension or linux photo extension in a gallery. It is also possible to redirect a file extension to a new location.

See help and support.

How can I control which programs are associated with a file name extension?

Every program that's installed on your computer is designed to open one or more particular file types, each of which is identified by a file name extension. If you have more than one program on your computer capable of opening a file type, then one program is set as the default. To change the program that automatically opens a type of file, see Change the program that opens a type of file.

How do I change a file name extension?

Usually, file name extensions should not be changed because you might not be able to open or edit the file after doing so. Sometimes, however, changing the file name extension can be useful?such as when you need to change a text file (.txt) to an HTML file (.htm) so that you can view it in a web browser. To change a file name extension, first ensure that file name extensions are visible. Then, right-click the file you want to change and click Rename. Delete the file name extension, type the new extension, and then press ENTER. Windows will warn you that changing the file name extension might cause the file to stop working properly. If you are certain that the extension you typed is one that the program you are using will understand, click Yes to confirm the change.

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Just as you note about ...
by Edward ODaniel / January 2, 2008 5:56 AM PST
In reply to: No

a jpg and txt file so too does it apply to other file type formats.

A qbb is a quickbooks archive file and no matter what other extension you change it to or what other application you associate it with it remains a quickbooks archive file that is not readable in other applications.

Did you actually bother reading and understanding those links? Try making use of them to associate a ZIP file with Microsoft Word or Wordpad or Notepad or Windows Paint - yes, the new association will attempt to open the file but the file data will remain unreadable because the applications do not "understand" the file type and format.

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Did you read it?
by Dango517 / January 2, 2008 6:09 AM PST

Sometimes, however, changing the file name extension can be useful?such as when you need to change a text file (.txt) to an HTML file (.htm) so that you can view it in a web browser.

In this situation they are both data files the both deal with the same type/form of information. These do not have dissimilars functions they are the same. There are risks however, it can be done but it may screw things up. Sorry you can't see it.

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pay attention!
by eg0tr1p / December 1, 2008 12:03 AM PST

Didn't Edward ODaniel previously explain that he could open the file with a hex editor? Now he just got done saying:

"it remains a quickbooks archive file that is not readable in other applications."

As you can see Edward contradicted himself. His first statement about using a hex editor was correct. It all depends on the APPLICATION and it's purpose. I could think of several programs that are capable of reading a .qbb file and one them certainly would be a hex editor since it's capable of reading nearly any type of file existing.

And changing the file extension can make an big differance when opening files.

An example would be a Self-Extracting Archives (SFX). Many people use SFX for the purpose of compressing there software for distribution with the added setup or installation commands all into a single file. The file is an executable type .exe and by default is only opened by executing it. But if you know what kind of compression was used like rar or zip, you can rename the file (file.exe --> to --> and then open it using winZip. Can be useful for extracting a single file rather then running the install for many reasons.

Thats just one out of many examples to support what Dango517 was trying to say.

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No, I never said the QBB file could be opened ...
by Edward ODaniel / December 2, 2008 11:39 PM PST
In reply to: pay attention!

in anything other than Quickbooks.

I said that you could LOOK at the file in a hex editor just as you can LOOK at a JPG file in Notepad - there is a HUGE difference between looking and opening.

There was no contradiction as LOOKING at a file in any application not specific to the format does not allow you to actually read or edit or print the file although it does allow you to CORRUPT the file if you try to save it.

Regarding "But if you know what kind of compression was used like rar or zip, you can rename the file (file.exe --> to --> and then open it using winZip." - WinZip will open the file.exe if it is originally a ZIP archive WITHOUT bothering to change its extension to zip (try it and surprize yourself.

As I said, simply changing a file's extension WILL NOT change the file format so other incompatible applications can make use of the file. (Experiment a while then remember that CROW tastes better with lots of salt and if someone else is having to eat it Wink )

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problem opening a backed-up quickbooks qbb or qbw file
by pattycake 2 / April 4, 2010 10:48 AM PDT

I have tried to open a backed-up quickbook file on my desktop and also one burned from this backed up copy. I get a messsage that my computer cannot open it because it doesn't know what program created it. I have tried to search for a cure on the internet which recommended the ParetolLogic file cure program which cost 39.99. I purchased it and I still couldn't open the file. Then I found PC MightyMax which claimed I had 139 registry errors and wanted to sell me a program for $39.99 to solve my problem, but now I am very skeptical so I didn't pay for this one yet. I wondered if anyone else has had a similiar proble and found a solution that actually works. Thanks, frustrated in TX

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How you do it.
by kk-94 / May 26, 2010 11:17 AM PDT

What I belive you are asking is "how do I open my .qbb file because I need to use it in Quickbooks (because my computer crashed, I got a new computer,etc)

To do this you need to open your quickbooks program.
then one of two things will happen:
1) a smaller window will be open in the window and it will ask what you want to do, if so, pick restore backed up file, find the file you want to open by browsing and click continue

2) all you see is a grey/green window with a toolbar along the top.
then at the top left go to file
-> under file their should be the option to open or restore company choose this
->follow the instruction
and taaaada there you go.

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so complicated and yet so simple...
by iamjaded1 / October 21, 2010 5:40 AM PDT
In reply to: How you do it.

wow this post got off track...

is it possible to open a QBB file with another program? technically yes... is it readable and useable as the original intent of Quickbooks? Most likely Not.

do you need Quickbooks to interpret the QBB correctly, open it and provide the accounting info? YES. you should have Quickbooks installed. (why argue it could be done another way? the person asking the question does not sound like an extremely computer savy individual (no offense) and therefore probably would not want a HEX editor or is going to create some new code to read this!)

use Quickbooks to open QBB files and your all set...

if you don't have Quickbooks installed don't waste your time trying to decipher this info unless your the guy from Swordfish (Hugh Jackman)... lol !

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what if i do not want to use quickbooks tomorrow but i still
by ahkhan902 / January 1, 2011 1:49 AM PST

what if i do not want to use quickbooks in future but still I want my data back from quickbooks. In simple how can I migrate from quickbooks to other accounting software, if in case tomorrow i do not want to use quickbooks or think as of my business has extended so much that it is demanding features which are not available in quickbooks. In this case I will surely require to read the .qbb files so that I would be able to import it other software ?

The rule of migration should be made a mandatory with out which the software should not fall under the category of standard business software. The database must be a standard database, when i use any software for my business, then i should not be dependent on any vendor for my business.

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Let's see if this is supported.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 1, 2011 1:54 AM PST
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thats not a standard procedure
by ahkhan902 / January 3, 2011 5:04 AM PST

thats not a standard procedure and sorry to say ,,ur answer is also not in brif.

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What's brif?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 3, 2011 8:46 AM PST

"The rule of migration should be made a mandatory with out which the software should not fall under the category of standard business software. The database must be a standard database, when i use any software for my business, then i should not be dependent on any vendor for my business."

Now I understand. You would never use Quickbooks because it is not under some standard database. But then again I never found a standard database!

Let's just say that if any other accounting software wanted to import that information, it's not as if it was not allowed.

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