Open a project created in an earlier version

You can open a project created in an earlier version of NVivo—the project is converted into the current NVivo 12 project format and saved with a new name—your original project file is not changed.

  1. Click the File tab, click Open, and then click Browse.
  2. Select NVivo Projects from the list.
  3. Locate and select the project you want to open.
  4. Click Open. The Convert Project dialog box opens.
  5. Click the Browse button, and then choose where you want to save the converted project. 
    1. Do one of the following:
      • To save as a standalone project, select NVivo Projects (*.nvp ) from the Save as type list, and then enter a name for the converted project in the File name box.
      • To save as an NVivo for Teams project, select NVivo Server Projects from the Save as type list, then select the server from the Connection name box, and then enter a name for the converted project in the Project name box.
    2. Click Save.
  6. Click Convert.


  • The Connection name box is empty if you have not set up any NVivo for Teams connections—click the Add button to create a new connection using the Connection Properties dialog box.
  • If you receive a message indicating that you do not have permission to create a project on NVivo for Teams, verify with your NVivo for Teams administrator that you are in a user group that has permission to create new projects.
  • If the project is password protected, you will be prompted to enter password.
  • Any document files that were created by importing PDF files (in NVivo version 9.1 or earlier) are retained as document files—if you want to work with this content in the PDF file type, you must re-import the PDF files into your project.
  • Project models were replaced by maps in NVivo 11. Models created in NVivo 10 or earlier are not supported in NVivo 12 and will not be included in the converted project. We recommend you export your models as images and then import them into your NVivo 12 project.
  • If you want to work with a project that was created in an earlier version of NVivo on the Mac platform, you must first open it in NVivo 12 for Mac, convert it to the NVivo 12 for Mac project format, and then open it with NVivo 12 for Windows to convert it to a Windows project. Work with projects on Windows or Mac