Translating *.mqxliff in different CAT tools

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You have received a *.mqxliff for translation. *.mqxliff is the XLIFF format of memoQ (other CAT tools have other suffixes).

XLIFF is a standard format for exchanging multilingual content between various systems as memoQ, SDL Trados Studio, Trados 2007, etc. The acronym stands for XML Localization Interchange Format File. Please read the applicable instructions for your CAT tool below.


If you have received both *.mqxliff and *.mqxlz files, please use the *.mqxlz files.

SDL Trados Studio

SDL Trados 2015 and higher versions

In SDL Studio 2015 and 2017 the filters for *.mqxlz and *.mqxliff are pre-installed.

Make sure to deliver *.mqxlz or *.mqxliff files, not *.SDLxliff.
Save the file as mqxliff or mqxlz by using the option File -> Save target as, or press Shift + F12.

SDL Trados 2014

1. First of all, make sure that the file extension .mqxliff is not assigned to the standard XLIFF file type definition. Go to File -> Options -> File Types -> XLIFF and remove ";*.mqxliff" in the field File dialog wildcard expression, if it is in the list of file extensions.

2. Download the app File type definition for MemoQ XLIFF from Open Exchange or [1]

3. Close Studio 2014, and run the installer.

4. After the installation, check that the filter is activated by going to File -> Options and see if XLIFF: Kilgray MemoQ is in the list over file types.

5. If the file type is not in the list, click File Types in the list under Options and click Additional installed File Types exist. Check the XLIFF box and click OK.

From now on, Studio will automatically recognize the right file type.

Please note that with this file type definition you will be able to open *.mqxlz files as well, not just *.mqxliff.

Make sure to deliver *.mqxlz or *.mqxliff files, not *.SDLxliff.

SDL Trados Studio 2011/2009

Before you import the memoQ XLIFF files (*.mqxliff) into Studio 2011/2009 for the first time, you need to add the file extension *.mqxliff to the list over file types.

1. Open SDL Studio. Go to Tools -> Options -> File Types.

2. Select XLIFF in the list of filters. Go to File dialog wildcard expression.

3. Add the file extension *.mqxliff using ; as a separator after the existing XLIFF filters.

4. Create a project in SDL Studio, and import the *.mqxliff file. SDL Studio will from now on recognize this file extension, since you added it to the existing xliff filter.

Make sure to deliver *.mqxlz or *.mqxliff files, not *.SDLxliff.

SDL Trados 2007 – TagEditor

Be sure to add the correct ini-file (Tag Settings file) you received with the job before opening the file for translation! TagEditor will not be able to interpret the segments for translation without it.

Please contact your project manager if the file is empty. You will then receive another *.mqxliff prepared for TagEditor.

Make sure you use Save target as to save the translated file as *.mqxliff before delivery.

Different analyses in Studio

If the *.mqxliff or *.mqxlz file includes locked segments, Studio will interpret them as locked, but might for some reason count them as segments to translate. The analysis in our PO might therefore differ from your analysis in Studio.