Compact and repair projects

Over time, NVivo project data on your computer or NVivo for Teams can become fragmented. If you are working with a large project, data fragmentation can cause performance problems in NVivo.

To ensure optimal performance, you should 'compact and repair' your project on a regular basis.

To compact and repair a project

  1. If the project is currently open, close the project.
  2. Click the File tab, click Help, and then click Compact and Repair Project.
  3. Locate and select the project you want to compact and repair. Select NVivo Projects (*.nvp ) to repair a standalone project, or select NVivo Server Projects to repair an NVivo for Teams project.
  4. Click Open.


  • If there are inconsistencies in your project, you will see a dialog box detailing this and asking if you wish to proceed or cancel the operation. You might want to make a backup copy of your project before clicking Yes to proceed. Save and copy projects
  • If you want to compact and repair an NVivo for Teams project, it is a good idea to make sure that other users are not connected to the project. If other users are connected, you will receive a message indicating that there are other connections. If you choose to proceed, the other users will be disconnected from the project without warning.
  • If you select an NVivo 11, NVivo 10, NVivo 9, NVivo 8 or NVivo 7 project, the project is copied and converted to create a new project in NVivo 12. The new project is then compacted and repaired—the original project is not changed.
  • You must be a Project Owner to compact and repair an NVivo for Teams project. Your NVivo for Teams administrator can also compact and repair Teams projects.
  • If you are working with an NVivo for Teams project and experience project performance problems which are not resolved by the 'compact and repair' function, consult your NVivo for Teams administrator.