There are two native project formats:

  • FL Studio Project File (*.flp) - This is the default native project format of FL Studio. It retains all data that belongs to your project, but note this does not include any samples used in the project. If you open a project file that doesn't have the required samples or presets, FL Studio performs a search in the folder where the loop file was loaded from, then its sample folder, and all custom folders that are added to the Browser (see Browser File Settings). If you want to skip the check, press and hold ESC key while loading.
  • Zipped Project File (*.zip) - Creates single .zip file where both the project file (.flp) and all samples/presets the project uses. This is an excellent archive format as it includes the .flp project, as described above, and both your samples plus FL Studio samples. NOTE: Samples included are from Sampler Channels and Audio Clips. This does not include samples used in 3rd party plugins, such as Samplers (unless they use some format that includes sample data in the preset, such as DirectWave when 'Monolithic' save mode is enabled).


  1. Project Backups - These are saved to your User data folder, available under Browser > Backups. For permanent sequential backups use the (Ctrl + N) save shortcut or select File > Save new version.
  2. Trial plugins - Are saved with the project BUT next time you open the project they will be replaced with placeholders. You will receive a warning about this when you try to save to .flp/.zip that contains a trial plugin. Sad solution - Replace trial plugins with non-trial ones prior to saving. Happy solution - Continue with the save, then buy the plugin, next time you open the project the plugin/s will re-load and be out of trial mode :)