February 18th, 2022·James Long
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You can import your data from YNAB4, the older desktop version of YNAB that isn’t supported anymore.

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To import from the new YNAB web app, see Importing from YNAB

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On first launch, Actual automatically creates a new file for you. You need to close this file to be able to import files. Close it with ctrl+o (or cmd+o on macOS), or selecting “Manage files…” in the File menu.

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On the Files screen, click the “Import file” button under the list of the files. Select the “YNAB4” option.

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Locate where your YNAB4 data is stored locally. Your budget will be a directory with the .ynab4 extension. Because it’s actually a directory, you need to create a zip file from the directory. Most operating systems let you do this simply by right-clicking and selecting an option like “compress”.

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Click “Select zip file…” in Actual and select the zip file you created. That’s it!

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The steps summarized:

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  1. In Actual, close the existing file with ctrl+o or cmd+o (or selecting “Manage files…” in the File menu)
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  1. Click “Import file”
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  1. Select “YNAB4”
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  1. Locate your local YNAB4 budget file with the .ynab4 extension. Right-click it an use whatever option your OS provides for compressing it into a zip file
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  1. Click “Select zip file…” and select the zip file you created
Back references (1)

Importing from YNAB

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For the older YNAB4 version, see Importing from YNAB4