Importing CSV files using the Text File Importer Extension

What is a .CSV file, and can I import this file type to Moneydance?

The CSV (comma separated values) format is essentially a table of rows and columns, like a spreadsheet. It is very versatile and it is not specifically designed to contain financial information. As such there is no standard way a bank would use to store data in such a file. Which is to say there is no standard order for the columns in a CSV file or names for those columns. As a result of this the import process for CSV files is much more involved that any other standard format. For this reason, we recommend using either OFX or QFX files (or QIF files) for importing your data whenever possible. OFX and QFX files are the best format, with QIF files being the second best and CSV files being a distant third.

How can I import my .CSV file?

The 'Text File Importer' extension allows you to specify which columns in a CSV file should correspond to which fields in a Moneydance transaction.

To install the Text File Importer extension, go to Extensions -> Manage Extensions and install the extension there.
If you're using the version of Moneydance from the Mac App Store, then you can go here to download the extension, then drag and drop it onto the Moneydance window to install it.

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Once you have installed the "Text File Importer" extension, select "Extensions --> Text File Importer" and you will be presented with a window asking you to browse to the CSV file you want to import. Click the browse button and browse to the location of the CSV file select it to begin the import process.

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You'll be given the option to select the file encoding from the list:

UTF-8
UTF-16BE
UTF-16LE
UTF-16
US-ASCII
ISO-8859-1

In most cases, you can leave it to the default option. Click Next to continue.

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In the next window, specify the account you want to import the data into.

Select the Fields Delimiter from these options -
[tab] [space] [,] [.] [/] [] [-] [_] [*] [~] [;]

This is the character that's used in your CSV file to separate the fields. Comma is quite common and so is tab, but if you're using something different you can specify that as well. If you're unsure, select comma.

You may also need to change the date format to that used in the file. To do so, select the Date Format from the following options -
MDY, DMY, YMD, YDM

The Text File Importer supports dates in the format of XX/YY/ZZ and XX/YY/ZZZZ, so if your dates are in a format that includes letters (Jan-1-2015, for example), the Text File Importer will not be able to recognize your dates and you'll have to change the format in a spreadsheet program to a format that the Text File Importer can recognize.

After that, specify either a '.' or ',' as the decimal used in the file and click Next.

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You will then be presented with a window that has a list of fields. Each of these fields represents a column in the CSV file.
e.g. "Field 1" is the first, left most, column in the file and "Field 2" is column 2, the one to the right of the first column, and so on.
You need to select which Moneydance transaction field should correspond with which field in the CSV file. To do this, we suggest opening your CSV file in a spreadsheet program to see which column is which and use that as a reference to match the different field values to the corresponding columns in the CSV file.

Use the "More Fields" and "Less Fields" buttons to adjust the number of fields to import, corresponding to the number of columns in your CSV file. Then, for each field/column, select the transaction field in Moneydance that the column value corresponds to from these options -

Date
Check Number
Description (Payee)
Account (this is "Category" in the register)
Amount (positive for deposit, negative for payment)
Memo
Status
Ignore

Click "Finish" to import the file.

My data has not imported correctly, what can I do?

If your CSV file has your credits and debits in one column and another column that specifies whether the row is a debit or credit, you'll have to adjust the amount column in your CSV file to make the credits negative (with a minus sign in front of them).

If your CSV file has credits and debits in two columns, then you'll have to merge the columns into one to be able to import it with the 'Text File Importer' extension, or use the 'CSV Importer' extension to try import the data.