Passware QuickBooks Key

Instant decryption of QuickBooks databases.

Passware QuickBooks Key

No. 1 tool for removing password protection from QuickBooks files

Passware QuickBooks Key is a fast and easy-to-use solution to remove password protection from QuickBooks databases (.QBW and .QBA).


Files are unprotected instantly, regardless of passwords used. For some QuickBooks 2019-2022 versions for Mac, brute-force method is used.

and secure

Your financial data stays private and secure. No need to upload your company file.

Windows & Mac

Works with all recent Windows versions of QuickBooks: 2024-5.0 and Enterprise versions 2024-2003. Supports QuickBooks for Mac up to version 2022.


Open your company file as the admin user.


Instantly removes passwords or recovers them with a Brute-force option.

to use

Easy to use, install, and update.

Passware QuickBooks Key common use cases

  • There is a need to open an old file that hasn't been used for a while.
  • Employee leaves the company and many files remain protected.
  • People often forget their passwords.
  • There is a need to access important files or financial documents left behind by a family member.

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Frequently asked questions

By default, QuickBooks Key removes protection and creates an unprotected copy of a password-protected QuickBooks file. To recover the original password, click the "Recover" link on the QuickBooks Key results page and choose one or more accounts to recover the passwords for. This will start a brute-force recovery process.

See the how-to video guide for more information.

To get access to a QuickBooks Backup (.QBB) file, convert it to the .QBW type first using the “Restore” option in QuickBooks. Then run QuickBooks Key against the .QBW file and it will create an unprotected copy of the QuickBooks company file.

The most probable reason is that your database is corrupted. Please check that your QuickBooks file can be opened using Intuit QuickBooks software and that you get a password prompt.

Passware provides a 30-day Money-Back Guarantee when any product does not function as advertised on the website or in help files. Customers are required to produce evidence of the problem, e.g., screenshots, sample files, etc. upon request of the Passware Customer Support representative.

Passware products that do not come with a Software and Maintenance Subscription (SMS) can be updated with a 50% discount off the original price. Minor updates with bug fixes are provided free of charge.

More questions?

Professional tool. Free demo.

Download the Passware QuickBooks key free demo for Microsoft Windows and macOS. The Demo version recovers passwords containing no more than 3 characters.

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