How To Import CSV Into Notion: Quick Guide (2024)

January 1, 2024

The ability to import data into Notion can significantly enhance your workflow, especially when dealing with large datasets. CSV files, in particular, can be used to create new databases within Notion quickly and efficiently. This tutorial provides a step-by-step guide on how to do this.

Step 1: Head to settings in the main Notion left sidebar

To start the process, open Notion and locate the 'Settings & members' option on the left sidebar. This option will open the main settings menu.

Step 2: Click on 'Import' at the bottom of the main settings menu

After opening the settings menu, scroll down to find the 'Import' option located towards the bottom. Click on this option to open the import window.

Step 3: Select 'CSV'

In the import window, you will see several options for importing data into Notion. Among these options, you'll find 'CSV'. Click on 'CSV' to move on to the next step.

Step 4: Choose your file and hit 'Open'

Once you've selected 'CSV', you'll be prompted to choose the file you want to import. Navigate to the location of your CSV file on your computer, select it, and then hit 'Open' to start the import process.

Step 5: And that's it! Notion will create a new Notion database, based on your CSV data

Notion will take a few moments to process the CSV file and convert it into a new database. Once this process is complete, your CSV data will be available in a new database within Notion, ready for you to use and analyze as needed.

Examples of When to Import CSV Into Notion

There are several scenarios where importing CSV data into Notion can be extremely useful:

  1. Transferring data from another app: If you have data in another application that you want to move to Notion, you can often export that data as a CSV file and then import it into Notion.
  2. Working with large datasets: If you're dealing with large amounts of data, it can be easier to handle and manipulate that data in a CSV file and then import it into Notion.
  3. Importing spreadsheet data: If you have data in a spreadsheet that you want to use in Notion, you can save your spreadsheet as a CSV file and import it directly into Notion.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How to import CSV into existing Notion table?

You can import a CSV into an existing Notion table by opening the table you want to import data into, clicking the ••• menu at the top right of the database, and selecting 'Merge with CSV'. From there, you can choose your CSV file and hit 'Open' to merge the CSV data into your existing table.

Notion import CSV failed

If your CSV import fails, it could be due to a few reasons:

  1. File size: The CSV file you're trying to import is too large. Try breaking it down into smaller files and import each separately.
  2. Format issues: There may be issues with the formatting of your CSV file. Ensure that the CSV file is properly formatted, with each entry separated by a comma.
  3. Invalid data: There might be data in your CSV file that Notion can't process, like complex formulas or unsupported data types.

In such cases, try addressing these issues and attempt the import process again.

Notion import CSV with relations

Unfortunately, as of now, Notion does not support importing CSV files with relational data. You will have to manually set up these relations within Notion after importing the CSV data.

By following these steps and tips, you can easily import your CSV data into Notion and enhance your workflow and productivity.


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