FieldWorks provides one-file data management of an entire FieldWorks project. A FieldWorks project is an XML file that stores data and text related to a particular language and the people that speak it. All FieldWorks applications store information in the same file.

Backing Up Projects

A FieldWorks project backup file is a zip file (with the extension fwbackup) that contains your compressed project data.

If you use Send/Receive, you cannot restore the backups over your data, but it’s a good idea to keep backups anyway.

If you have your project on Language Depot, you have an offsite backup and can access previous revisions of the project by contacting If you do want to roll your project back to an earlier revion, all the members that share the project will also need to re-receive the project in order to continue sharing.