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Export / Import projects

Here are some things to consider regarding exporting and importing projects.

For example what to do if your project uses global databases and you want to export it to some other location.

You will get this warning message if you attempt to export a project with global databases.


It should normally not be necessary to export projects when you use multiple environments, as the transfer project option does that for you, but in some cases, you can still need to export a project within a multi-environment structure.

Additionally, all exports are of a specific version. We have a guide for how to handle this here How-to-upgrade-an-exported-project

You should always save the exported project as the version it was done from

Export and import a project with global databases


  1. Open the project 
  2. Run the connection manager
  3. Turn off using global databases in each area that uses this.
    This will actually make the project use the same settings as it did with global databases, just copying the settings from there.
  4. Export the project and save it as <project name>_201032.xml
  5. Run the connection manager 
  6. Apply the use of global databases in each area that can use this.


  1. Open the project
  2. Import the project
  3. Run the connection manager
  4. If possible apply the use of global databases in each area that can use this

Other things to consider

If you are not using global databases in your project, or the project you import it into does not use global databases, then use the same procedure as above, the only exception is that you skip steps 3, 5, and 6 in the export and step 4 in the import.

As mentioned exports are saved with a specific version, you can actually sometimes import it into a different release by manually changing the version to what you need it in. It will mostly work if you change between minor releases. So if your export is in 10.20.29 you can change the <version>10.20.29</version> to <version>10.20.32</version> with no issues. If the gap is larger use the guide linked above.

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