Import data into Notion

Brian Park
Oct 17 '17 ยท 5 min read ยท 75 views
Like most people, you probably have data, documents, and notes scattered across many files and apps. You can centralize your information in one place by moving it all into Notion ๐Ÿšš

How to import

  • Notion lets you directly import the following file types:
    • Plaintext (.txt)
    • Markdown (.md or .markdown)
    • Microsoft Word (.docx)
    • Microsoft Excel (.xls)
    • CSV (.csv)
  • You can also import data from a number of other apps (like Asana, Evernote, and Trello to name a few).
  • To do this, click Import toward the bottom of your left-hand sidebar.
  • That brings up the import window where you can choose which app to migrate. (App-specific import instructions below.)
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Note: You can only import content on desktop or web, not on mobile.

Instructions by app

  • Evernote ๐Ÿ˜
    You can import all of your Evernote data into Notion in one go, and retain its organization.
    • From the import window, choose Evernote.
    • Sign into your Evernote account.
    • Authorize Evernote to connect to Notion.
    • Once your Evernote account is linked, check the boxes next to the notebooks you'd like to move and click Import.
    • Your Evernote notebooks will appear as pages in Notion's sidebar. Inside, you'll find your notes as items in a list database.
    • Each note can be dragged and dropped anywhere else within Notion.

  • Google Docs
    In Google Docs, you can export files individually or all at once.
    Migrate individual files:
    • Go to File then Download and choose Microsoft Word as the format.
    • In Notion, go to Import, choose Word and upload the .docx file.
    Migrate all Google Docs files at once:
    • Go to Google Takeout.
    • Click Deselect all at the top right of the window above the checkboxes.
    • Scroll to Drive and check the box next to it. You can also click Advanced settings to choose which files you want to move.
    • Click Next step at the bottom.
    • On the next page, click Create archive.
    • You'll receive an email with a download link. It'll save a zip file to your computer.
    • In Notion, go to Import in the left sidebar, choose Word and upload the .docx files.
    • Note: You can also embed Google Docs in Notion.

  • Confluence
    In Confluence, you can export all your pages individually or your entire space all at once.
    Migrate pages individually:
    • Click the โ€ขโ€ขโ€ข button at the top right of any Confluence page you want to export and select Export to Word.
    • In Notion, go to Import in the left sidebar and choose Word. Upload the .docx file you exported from Confluence.
    Migrate an entire Confluence space:
    • In Confluence, go to Space Settings in whatever space you want to export.
    • Select the Content Tools section and click on the Export tab.
    • Choose the HTML option, click Next, and then Export. The Normal Export option is best unless you want to pick out specific pages to export from your space via the Custom Export option.
    • In Notion, click Import in the left sidebar, choose HTML, and upload the exported Confluence files.

  • Trello
    You can move your Trello data into your workspace โ€” all from inside Notion.
    • Go to Import in your left-hand sidebar and choose Trello.
    • Log in to your Trello account.
    • Grant access to Notion so you can import your Trello boards.
    • Once you've linked your Trello account, select the boards you'd like to migrate from the dropdown menu.
    • If you'd like to import additional boards, just click Import in your Notion sidebar, choose Trello, and pick another board.

  • Asana
    You can move your Asana data into your workspace โ€” all from inside Notion.
    • Go to Import in your left-hand sidebar and choose Asana.
    • Log in to your Asana account.
    • Grant access to Notion so you can import your Asana tasks.
    • Once you've linked your Asana account, select the boards and lists you'd like to migrate from the dropdown menu.
    • If you'd like to import additional tasks, just click Import in your Notion sidebar, choose Asana, and pick another list or board.

  • Quip
    Unfortunately, Quip doesn't let you export more than one page at a time ๐Ÿ˜ข You can, however, move individual pages to Notion.
    • In Quip, click the document icon at the top left of any page and choose Export.
    • Export as Markdown or HTML.
    • In Notion, go to Import in your left-hand sidebar and choose HTML or Text & Markdown. Upload the file you exported from Quip.

  • Dropbox Paper
    In Dropbox Paper, you can export files individually or all at once.
    Migrate individual files:
    • In Dropbox Paper, choose Download from the menu at the top right of your screen.
    • Download the page as Word.
    • In Notion, go to Import in the left-hand sidebar, choose Word, and upload the .docx file you downloaded.
    Migrate all your documents at once:
    • In Dropbox paper, choose Download docs you created from the menu at the bottom left of your screen.
    • Choose to download as Word. This will download a zip file to your computer.
    • Unzip the file, go to Notion and choose Import in the left-hand sidebar. Choose Word and upload the .docx files.

  • Hackpad
    In Hackpad, you can export all your files at once ๐ŸŽ‰
    • Select Export on the right of your Hackpad feed.
    • Choose to export as Markdown. You'll download a zip file.
    • Unzip the downloaded file, go to Notion and choose Import from your left-hand sidebar. Choose Text & Markdown and upload the Markdown files you exported from Hackpad.

  • Microsoft Word
    • In Notion, click Import in your left-hand sidebar. In the window that pops up, choose Word.
    • Upload whatever .docx files you want to import from your computer.

  • Microsoft Excel
    • In Notion, click Import in your left-hand sidebar. In the window that pops up, choose CSV.
    • Upload whatever .xls files you want to import from your computer.

  • WorkFlowy
    In WorkFlowy, you can export all your files at once ๐Ÿ‘Œ
    • Click the dropdown arrow to the right of Help.
    • Select Plain text and click to download.
    • In Notion, choose Import in the left-hand sidebar and then Text & Markdown. Upload the files you exported from WorkFlowy.

  • CSV
    • In Notion, click Import in your left-hand sidebar. In the window that pops up, choose CSV.
      • Upload whatever .csv files you want to import from your computer.
    • Alternatively, you can use the Merge with CSV button in the โ€ขโ€ขโ€ข menu at the top right of the database to import your CSV into an existing database.

FAQs

  • If I import content into Notion from elsewhere, will it count toward the block limit on the Free Plan?
    Nope! Any imported content does not count towards the block limit ๐Ÿ‘Œ Import away!
  • I can't seem to import from Evernote China/Evernote Business.
    Unfortunately, our importer only supports the standard edition of Evernote at the moment. We're working on it!

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