Importing from Moneydance 2011

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30 Mar, 2021 09:13 PM

My old Moneydance no longer works so I purchased the new version. When I try to import my old file I get the message: "Error reading file: java.lang.NullPointerException"

How do I fix this?

  1. 1 Posted by dwg on 30 Mar, 2021 09:23 PM

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    I'm a fellow user.

    I'm assuming you have installed the stable release, Build 2006.

    A problem was found with the Welcome screen on that release that was quickly addressed in a preview version, unfortunately no subsequent release has made it to stable status at this time, so to resolve this problem at this point it will be necessary to use the latest preview release:

  2. 2 Posted by bdierauf on 31 Mar, 2021 12:08 AM

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    Yes I did download this; I opened it and when I tried to import my data I
    got the message above.

  3. 3 Posted by dwg on 31 Mar, 2021 02:49 AM

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    It is not clear to me what you have downloaded and installed.

    To determine the version you have you can:

    If Moneydance is open you can:

    1. The version and build number of Moneydance you are using can be found under the menu item:


    Help --> About Moneydance.


    Moneydance --> About Moneydance


    1. Open the console window (Menu Bar item: Help --> Console Window)

    The version and build number will be at the top of the console output

    If Moneydance is not open you can obtain the information from the error log. Open the error log in a text editor or word processor, the Moneydance version is given in the first few lines of the file, the file can be found at:

    If you're using Mac OS, it should be located at one of these locations within your Home folder:

    ~/Library/Containers/com.infinitekind.MoneydanceOSX/Data/Library/Application Support/Moneydance/errlog.txt


    ~/Library/Application Support/Moneydance/errlog.txt

    If you have any trouble finding your Home Library folder you can open Finder and hold down the option key while selecting the Go menu and the Library folder option should occur or you can open Finder and select Go -> Go to Folder and copy and paste in the following:


    This should pull up your local Library folder.

    If you're using Windows, it should be located under your login directory at:



    C:\Documents and Settings(yourusername).moneydance\errlog.txt

    Depending on your version of Windows

    If you're using Linux it should be located in your home folder at:

    If it shows that you have Build 2006 then installed the preview release from the pointer I provided

  4. 4 Posted by bdierauf on 31 Mar, 2021 02:17 PM

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    I have 2 versions of moneydance on my computer, a 2011 and 2021. The 2011
    version wasn't working bc it said I needed Java 6, so I purchased and
    downloaded 2021. When I opened 2021 and tried importing my old Moneydance
    data file, it won't let me and I got the notice ""Error reading file:
    java.lang.NullPointerException". What should I do to be able to import my
    old data and run Moneydance 2021?

    I was able to download Java 6 and can now run Moneydance 2011. But I'd like
    to be able to run the updated version since I bought it, and it should be

  5. 5 Posted by bdierauf on 31 Mar, 2021 02:18 PM

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    I'm on a Mac, running Mac OS 10.14.6

  6. 6 Posted by derekkent23 on 31 Mar, 2021 02:49 PM

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    I am not support staff, just a user.
    Hi bdierauf

    Run Moneydance 2021 and look under HELP – ABOUT MONEYDANCE. If it shows 2021.(2006) this build has a bug that preventing you from loading your existing data set, you need to first update to the latest preview build at

    Hope this helps,

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