How to retrieve access key after initial setup?

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Kosta F

30 Nov, 2010 02:50 PM


a couple of months ago I've setup network sync between Moneydance and the app on the iPod Touch. At the time I entered the access key displayed on the iPod and everything synced properly. Since then I've been entering transactions into the iPod app. Then a couple of days ago I tried to sync again and it asked me for access key again.

From other discussions, I learned that it might be possible to retrieve the access key from backup, but so far I was not able to do so. Can you provide more details as to which backup files contain the access key? I'm using iTunes 10 on Windows XP. I really want to avoid losing all of the transactions that I have at the moment.


  1. 1 Posted by Ben Spencer on 01 Dec, 2010 03:35 PM

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    Hi Kosta

    The access key stored in the main .md data file. When you tell the network sync extension to "forget device" the key is deleted from the .md file. If you had backups turned on (the backup options are under File->Preferences->Backup) there will be at least one copy of your main .md file in the place where you told moneydance to store backups. If this backup was made before you told Moneydance to forget the device the backup .md file will still contain the access key.

    Such a backup file will have the date of the backup appended to the file name. Such that if your .md file was called "" the backup file will be called "". To open the backup file you need to rename it such that it ends with the .md extension. Then run Moneydance and select File->Open and browse to the file you just renamed.

    You then need to install the "Python" extension. Do this by selecting extensions->Add, select "From the internet" and click next. Select "Python Scripting interface" and click Next, click Finish.

    Download the script file attached to this discussion.

    Then select Extensions->Python Interface. Click the "Read from file" button and browse to the file you downloaded.

    If the .md file contains the access key it will be displayed. if not you you will get an error message.

    Ben Spencer
    Moneydance Support

  2. 2 Posted by Kosta F on 02 Dec, 2010 03:53 AM

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    thank you for detailed instructions. I checked all of the backup files that I have and no keys were found. I'll have to reenter the transactions manually then.

    Thanks for you help,


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