How to import CSV files into Domain Punch Pro / Watch My Domains for Windows

For Windows Versions

This section describes importing CSV data into the Windows versions of our domain management software. For the web server edition please see here.

Enable CSV Import

You can import CSV data into Domain Punch Pro, Watch My Domains Pro and Watch My Domains ISP. This is normally done using the Import Domains ribbon-bar button. However, you have to enable this from theApp Settings dialog.

Enable CSV Data Import

CSV File Format

  • If your data is in Excel, make sure that you export the data from Excel into a CSV (Comma Seperated Value) file first. Then open the CSV file in any text editor and modify the first row to match the column names in the software (see below).
  • The file has to be comma separated. You can wrap entries within quotes ("") especially if the data has a comma it. Currently separators other than comma are not supported.
  • The first row in the csv file should contain the column names and these should match the column names in the software.
  • Any dates in the CSV file should be unambiguous. For example, you can't use dates like 2-3-2014. It is best to use the actual month name, like in Jan 3 2014
  • The number of columns in each row should match the number of columns in the header row.
  • If you have unicode characters in the CSV file, use the "UTF-8 without BOM" encoding while saving the file.

Here is a sample CSV file with a header row and two data rows.

Domain,Registry Expiry,Registrar Expiry,Created On,Last Update,Registrar,Nov-23-2014,Nov-23-2014,Nov-23-2007,Nov-26-2013,PDR Ltd. d/b/a,Nov-23-2014,Nov-23-2014,Nov-23-2007,Nov-26-2013,PDR Ltd. d/b/a

You can download the above sample file from here (to download, right click on the link and select "Save Linked File..." / "Save Link As" etc.

How to Import CSV Data

Use the Import Domains ribbon bar button and select the CSV file.

Import CSV Data

Immediately after import the corresponding domains will be marked as manually edited and write-protected (see screen-shot below). You will need to manually remove the write-protection if you want to do whois and other lookups on those domains.

Manually Edited and Write Protected

You can import the notes columns using this method. However, there are some columns that can't be imported from a CSV file. These include columns like lookedup, IP Checked At, etc.