Q: Can I use a CSV file as a backup for Trello?


You could, but it isn’t very effective.

Some users are under the impression that having a CSV export is like creating a backup of their Trello account. It’s understandable why you might think that since Trello suggests using a CSV export as a backup. However, this is simply bad advice, and here’s why:

Trello doesn’t offer a dedicated import solution

It is not currently possible to import a CSV into Trello without using a third-party application. As a result, by importing data into Trello, you run the risk of doing more harm than good even if one column isn’t accurate. We always recommend making a backup before importing data in case something goes wrong.

You have to remember to regularly update your CSV

Everything about CSV files has to be done manually, including updating them. If you rely on CSV files as your backup, you will have to remember to update those files on a consistent basis. In some cases, even a week-old export might be too outdated to be used to recover after a problem.

CSV files don’t get images transferred over

Images cannot be imported into CSV format. As a result, if you lose all of your attachments, you’re going to have to manually add them back, which would take hours or days of work.

You should think twice before deciding that CSV exports are a sufficient backup solution. Use Rewind to backup Trello and ensure that your information is fully protected and easily recoverable.

Meet Backups for Trello by Rewind

Rewind is introducing Backups for Trello, the only cloud based backup and restore solution available for Trello boards, cards, lists and attachments. Forget everything you know about making copies of boards and let Rewind handle the heavy lifting. With automated backups you are only a couple clicks away from restoring your Trello information.

Great, well how do I get started?

We’ve got good news – it’s really easy to ensure that your business-critical data is safe. Install the Trello Power-Up. Once you’re signed up, you’ll be kicking off your first Trello backup in seconds. Rewind will automatically backup your account every 24 hours, so your team never has to worry about maintaining updated backups.