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One of the easiest ways to get started in Coda is with existing data from another app. The good news is that many applications support exporting data as either a CSV file or a Markdown file making it easy to import these files into Coda using our import features!


Getting Started

To import from a text file, type /import into the canvas. You'll see a list of other tools to import from including CSV and Markdown.


Key Concepts for CSV Imports

A CSV file is a simple text file with one line of data per row and commas to separate the field values. CSVs are by far the most common form of text data files and can be created easily by exporting data from your apps including Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, and more. These exported files usually end in .csv or .tsv.

Most, but not all, CSV files have the names of the columns in the first row so you can choose to use the first row as column names when you import with Coda's CSV import tool. If you want to import column names, toggle the CSV file has column names in first row option on. Then, select the files containing your import data. Coda will load all data from the files and store it in new tables in the existing page.

Get started with importing CSV files now.


Additional Customization

If you imported the data and forgot to import the column names, you can easily make this change. Simply select the first row in your table and then bring up the row menu by right-clicking (if you're using Windows) or by holding the control key and clicking on the row (if you're on a Mac).

Now select the Use as column headers menu option. This will take the selected row and use the data in that row to rename all columns in your table. Pretty cool right?


Key Concepts for Markdown Imports

Markdown is a lightweight markup language that can be used to add formatting elements to plaintext text documents. Many document editors and wikis support exporting their content as markdown. Exported markdown files usually end in .md.

Coda supports the basic syntax markdown flavor and as such does not support text colors, highlights and other extended features. The markdown importer supports selecting single or multiple .md files to import. If the exported files were originally zipped, please unzip them first before importing.

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A new page will be created with the imported content for each file selected.

Get started with importing Markdown files now.


Other Text Import Options

You also have the ability to simply copy/paste content into Coda. This will work equally well for both tables and text. You can also create multiple pages in your Coda doc to keep everything organized.


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