Reference > Converting files from FileMaker Pro 11 and earlier > Conversion overview
Conversion overview
Before you convert any FileMaker Pro database, you should plan the conversion carefully. The general steps for file conversion are:
1. Convert the database file.
2. Review the Conversion.log file.
3. Test your converted database.
4. Use the converted file.
FileMaker Pro 15 can only convert files created with versions 7.x, 8.x, 9.x, 10.x, and 11.x. (To convert files earlier than FileMaker Pro 7, refer to the FileMaker Knowledge Base available at
When you convert files, FileMaker Pro preserves the contents of your original files and creates new, converted files in FileMaker Pro 12 format. The contents of the original files are not modified, and you can open them in the version of FileMaker Pro that created them. The converted files can be opened only in FileMaker Pro 12 and later FileMaker Pro versions.