Open Financial Exchange
|Developed by||Microsoft, Intuit and CheckFree|
|Initial release||February 14, 1997|
|Container for||Financial information|
|Extended from||SGML, XML, OFC|
Microsoft, Intuit and CheckFree announced the OFX standard on 16 January 1997. The first OFX specification, version 1.0, was released on 14 February 1997. The specification allows for bank- and application-specific extensions, although only a subset is necessary to describe a financial transaction.
Versions 1.0 through 1.6 relied on SGML for data exchange, but later versions are XML based. According to the main OFX site, "The specification is freely licensed, allowing any software developer to design an interface that will be supported on the front-end."
Support in various countries
Many banks in the US let customers use personal financial management software to automatically download their bank statements in OFX format, but most Canadian, United Kingdom and Australian banks do not allow this.
Intuit and QFX
QFX is a proprietary variant of OFX used in Intuit's products. In the Intuit Products, OFX is used for Direct Connect and QFX for Web Connect. Direct Connect allows personal financial management software to connect directly to a bank OFX server, whereas in Web Connect, the user needs to log in and manually download a .qfx file and import it into Quicken.
- "OFX FAQ".
- Reiser, David (11 March 2009). "Re: ofx info for scotiabank in canada?". gnucash-user (Mailing list). Retrieved 16 January 2012.
It appears the bank regulators have struck. http://faq.quickensoftware.ca/detail.php?buid=QK&qbid=QK1054 indicates that Online Banking Booster (the Intuit name for DirectConnect in Canada) was discontinued for all Canadian banks at the end of October 2008. The banks have apparently all added additional security questions at login that Quicken can't handle, so Intuit just bailed. In the US, Intuit has pushed the use of an additional token (CLIENTUID) as suitable for satisfying regulator's insistence on multifactor authentication. It remains to be seen how well that rolls out.
- "Online Banking Booster (OLBB) was discontinued on October 31, 2008. How does this affect me?". Quicken Support. Intuit Canada. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
- Selhi, Bylo (18 December 2007). "Re: Alternatives to Quicken". Financial Webring Forum » Under the Mattress: Protecting Your Money. Post 227689. Page 6 of 10. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
- More information on the OFX specification
- OFX Press Release (copy)
- List of OFX connection details for banks that support OFX
- OFX forums, list of verified OFX connection details