In order to run the CSV importer on your own machine, you'll need You need a working LAMP, LEMP or WAMP running PHP 7.4 and access to the command line. The installation routine for the CSV importer is basically the same as it is for Firefly III itself.
If you don't have one, search the web to find out how to get one. Make sure you're running PHP 7.4. There are many tutorials that will help you install one. Here are some Google queries to help you.
Also check out these user guides:
You won't need to set up a database.
Preparing your server
Install the following PHP modules:
- PHP BCMath Arbitrary Precision Mathematics
- PHP JSON
You can search the web to find out how to install these PHP modules. Some may be installed already depending on your system. Use
phpinfo() to find out.
If you have sudo rights (try
sudo ls) you can install composer using the following command:
curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer | sudo php -- --install-dir=/usr/local/bin --filename=composer
Verify the installation of composer using the following command.
If you have no sudo rights, you can simply download composer. Use
php composer.phar instead of
composer in the instructions ahead.
Installing Firefly III CSV importer
/var/www which is probably the directory where your web server is configured to find its files. This depends on your own server of course.
Enter the following command.
composer create-project firefly-iii/csv-importer --no-dev --prefer-dist csv-importer <latest>
You should replace
<latest> with the latest version, which you can find on the Firefly III CSV importer version page.
If this gives an error because of access rights, prepend the command with
sudo. Then fix the access rights:
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data csv-importer sudo chmod -R 775 csv-importer/storage
In general, these access rights aren't terrible important for the CSV importer, as long as your web server can read all the files.
csv-importer directory you will find a
.env file. Open this file using your favorite editor. There are instructions what to do in this file. If you can't find this file, copy
.env and voila!
Accessing the CSV importer
It depends on your installation and web server, but usually you can access the CSV importer over http://localhost/. If this URL is taken by Firefly III already, make sure your server configuration accepts both. This is called a "virtual host".
Browsing to site
Browsing to the site should be easy. You should see the following screen.