Save time by importing journals from a spreadsheet instead of entering them one by one. Use our template to make sure your spreadsheet contains the correct headings and formats.
What you need to know
To import journals, your spreadsheet must
- Only contain journals for existing ledger accounts. If necessary, create new ledger accounts in your chart of accounts before importing the file
- Use the same column headings and formatting as in the journals template file we provide
- Be saved in comma-separated value (CSV) format
Play a video on how to import journal entries:
Download the CSV template file
From Adjustments, Journals, select New Journal and then Import Journals.
Select the CSV template link on the Import Journals window to download a CSV template you can use to import your data.
Go to the downloads folder on your device to find the file.
Prepare the CSV file
To import journals from a CSV, choose either:
- Compare your existing CSV file to the template file before importing your journals. Make sure the column headings and data format in your file match the template
- Add your journals to the template file. Leave the column headings as they are and then replace the sample data with your journals, using the same format
- For columns you don't need, such as analysis types or exchange rates, move these columns to the end to make it easier to enter data
- Use the following table to check the required format for each column. The header row in your CSV file must use the same headings as shown in the Field name column within the table
|A||Reference||Text||Yes||Numbers, letters, or a mix of both. The limit is 75 characters.|
|B||Date||Number||Yes||Only numbers in day, month, and year format. For example, 29/12/2022.|
|C||Description||Text||No||Numbers, letters, or a mix of both. The limit is 200 characters.|
|D||Nominal Code||Number||Yes||You must enter a nominal code from your chart of accounts. If it's new, add it to your chart of accounts before importing journals. Enter only the number, not the name.|
|E||Details||Text||No||Details can be numbers, letters, or a mix of both. The limit is 200 characters.|
|F||Include on VAT/Tax Return?||Text||No||Enter: Yes, Y, No, N.|
|G||Debit||Number||Yes||The debit and credit amounts you enter must be less than or equal to 99999999.00. Enter only numbers.|
|I||Analysis Type 1||Text/Num||No|| |
If you enter analysis types, be sure to enter the code exactly the same as what you have in Accounting. If it's new, add it to Accounting before importing journals. The limit is 250 characters.
You must enter the analysis type code as shown in Settings > Analysis Types.
|J||Analysis Type 2||Text/Num||No|
|K||Analysis Type 3||Text/Num||No|
|L||Exchange Rate||Number||No||Entering the exchange rate is an option for foreign currency journals. Enter only numbers.|
Import multiple lines as a single journal
You can import a single or multiple journals from one import file.
When preparing your file,
- list all lines you want in one journal under the same reference
- complete columns A, B, and C once, and then list the details of each individual line in the remaining columns
- make sure the Debit and Credit amounts (columns G and H) for each line in the journal are the same (or balance to zero)
Once imported, this will create one journal with a line for each item.
We create a new journal when the data in column A is different from the previous row.
Import the journals file
- From Adjustments, Journals, select New Journal and then Import Journals.
- Select Choose File. Browse to your CSV file and then choose Open.
- Select Upload. If any file issues are found during the process, fix them and then try again.
- Select OK.
If you're importing a large file, wait for the import process to finish before entering new transactions.
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