Opening older Scrivener files - willing to hire someone?

I have been a Scrivener user since 2007 - using it for documentary interviews-translations.

I have 4 or 4 Scrivener files dating from 2010 to 2014 that I cannot open. I did manage to open other Scriv files and update to a later version.

I need the text-copy for a book to be published. I am willing to pay for help in retrieving the text from these files. Is there anyone willing to take on this task, who has a Mac OS environment able to open older files?

Jon Braeley

If the projects don’t open in a current Scrivener app, I can’t say how well it will go.

But I’m willing to give it a try.

Private message me.

When I try to open the older Scriv file, Scrivener asks to update the older file, when I clock OK, Scrivener quits. Then I see a new file xxxxxxxxx Backup.scriv

So I am not sure what can be done? Thanks

The xxxx Backup.scriv file is a backup of the original, created before Scrivener attempts the conversion.

The first thing to try is to create a brand new project and use the File → Import → Scrivener Project command.

If that doesn’t work, locate the project in Finder, right-click, and choose the Show Package Contents command. Then browse to the Files/Docs subfolder and drag the entire contents to a new Scrivener project.

If that still doesn’t work, open a support ticket here:


Thank you for your comment. I did raise this question as a ticket a few years ago and I checked my old emails this week and found a reply. This suggested looking at package contents and I have found some luck in retrieving .txt files from the data folders. I was able to copy and paste the text into a word doc.

In 2 Scriv files I got what I needed. In the other two Scriv files there are no data folders and I think this is because this file was copied from old external drives over six years ago and other files need to accompany this Scriv file.

So far the package contents folders did help. Thank you.

I responded to your support ticket as well – check your email if you haven’t seen it already. If you’d like for me to take a look at the two remaining problem files, use Finder to compress them and send them to the address in the support email you received.