Import from QIF Garbled

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Jim W.

22 Jun, 2019 01:40 PM

First, I like the Moneydance interface and will likely buy it if I can get importing to work. I exported a QIF from Quicken 2014. Here's what I exported, followed by what was imported:

Account A: 32.57 0.00
Account B: 5.00 0.00
Account C: 0 .00 0.00
Account D: 6,147.60 6,147.60
Account E: 116.60 -32,700
Account F : 744.18 -15,000.00
Account G: 105.06 0.00
Account H: 1216.19 0.00

Note that the only non-zero account that imported properly was Account D. That's the most important and active one, but the others need to work largely for historical records and reporting purposes.

Tow questions: 1) What went wrong, and 2) can I "erase history" and try importing the QIF again?

  1. 1 Posted by -Kevin N. on 22 Jun, 2019 01:55 PM

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    Hi Jim,

    1) I'm not a Quicken user but look to see if those accounts that imported with a zero balance may have been closed in Quicken. I migrated from MS Money and I had to re-open any closed accounts prior to importing.

    2) Due to the way Moneydance journals entries, it would not be advisable to delete and redo as journal entries would be made for each deletion.

    It's better to just start over with a new data file. (Moneydance menu bar > File > New). Be sure to name the new data file so that it's different than the name of the original. You can delete the original after you become more familiar with the program, if you wish.

    -Kevin N. (not a member of MD support)

  2. 2 Posted by derekkent23 on 22 Jun, 2019 02:24 PM

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    I am not support staff, just a user.
    Hi Jim
    Try this

    Make sure you are running this build of Moneydance

    You need to use Quicken to export your data in a QIF file type. Ensure any closed account that have transfers to any open accounts are included in the QIF file, re-open these accounts if necessary.

    Open the QIF file in a text editor. You are looking for the date format used in the file e.g. D25/03'2019 Day Month Year or D5/ 17'19 or D05/31/2017 Month Day Year etc. You will need this information later. If you get this wrong it will be apparent as the dates in Moneydance will be all over the place and you will need to start again creating a new data set.

    QIF files were never meant for transferring data from one program to another, but it’s all that is available, you will need to spend time cleaning thing up when import is complete.

    When you first start Moneydance it opens in the Welcome window click on “Create a new account set”. If you have opened Moneydance before create a new data set under FILE (MONEYDANCE on Mac) – NEW.

    Select “Create New File” (Data Set) and click NEXT. Type in an Account Set Name (Data Set) and click NEXT. Change Primary Currency (base currency), if required. File Type, leave at “Standard Account set”, click FINISH.

    In the side bar (list on left) under BANK deleted the two default Bank accounts, highlighting them in turn and using ACCOUNT – DELETE ACCOUNT.

    If you have accounts with currencies that are not in your base currency make sure they are displayed on the Summary Page. Ensure box “Show on summary page” is ticked under TOOLS – CURRENCIES – highlight subject currency and double click – EDIT.

    Drag and dropped the QIF file into the side bar (list on left).
    Waited for import window to appear, this can take a few minutes.

    IMPORTANT: Checked all listed accounts are of the correct type and currency and changed if required.

    The “Date Format” should be set to the date format used in the QIF file not the date format you want to use in Moneydance. Select the correct Decimal Character. Do not tick “File was downloaded”.

    Click import and waited to account values to file in, again this can take some time.
    Some accounts maybe hidden under the “+” at the bottom of the side bar, added them back.

    Some QIF files don’t include initial account balances. If you think this is the case you can add initial balance to affected accounts as follows.
    Highlighting an account, then click ACCOUNT – EDIT ACCOUNT and add an Initial Balance.

    For investment accounts QIF file don’t always carry security prices other than buy sell prices, so investment account balances maybe wrong until you update with current security prices.

    Reminder are not included in QIF files.

    Any accounts that are inactive (closed) should be made inactive by highlighting the account in the side bar and clicking ACCOUNT – EDIT ACCOUNT and ticking the inactive box. To remove them from the side bar right click and select REMOVE FROM SIDE BAR.

    Now the real work starts to check balances and tidy thing up. This is especially true of investment accounts as not all action types are supported. But worth it in the end.

    For information on how to use Moneydance see

    Hope this helps.

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