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How to import journals

Mac

To import journals or entries on Mac, from the Menu Bar go to File > Import. There, you will find the available options:

  • Markdown (Diarly)
  • DayOne
  • MacJournal
  • Journey
  • Momento
  • Chronicle
  • CSV

When importing, you will be shown additional information about the entries that will be imported. If you are happy with the structure, press import. Multiple entries for the same day will be merged into one, using time separators.

iOS

To import journals or entries on iOS, go to More , and then Import. There, you will find the available options:

  • Markdown (Diarly)
  • DayOne
  • MacJournal
  • Journey
  • Momento
  • Chronicle
  • CSV

When importing, you will be shown additional information about the entries that will be imported. If you are happy with the structure, press import. Multiple entries for the same day will be merged into one, using time separators.

Markdown Importer

Exporting to markdown allows you to create backups that you can easily import later.

This option imports a zip archive containing .md files. You can check the structure of valid import files by viewing how Diarly exports your entries. If you already have a journal in text files, you can format them using the structure outlined above, to import them to Diarly.

DayOne Importer

  • DayOne JSON: a zip archive.
  • DayOne classic: a .dayone file, or a zip archive containing it.

Find out more about how to export your entries from DayOne.

Huge thanks to Chris Curtis for writing about his experience migrating from DayOne to Diarly.

Other apps and formats

  • MacJournal (.rtf or .txt)
  • Journey (.zip)
  • Momento
  • WrittenDown: Big thanks to Mike Terhar for creating a WD importer.

If the importer you want isn't available yet, or if you'd like a more detailed explanation on how to use one of the above, you can request it. Find the request form on Mac in the Menu Bar, under File > Import, and on iOS, under More > Import. Alternatively, you can contact us via email, Twitter DMs, Facebook Messenger, Instagram DMs, or on r/DiarlyApp.

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