Importing Data

SPSS and CSV files can be imported into Crunch.

CSV and SPSS files may also be contained in Zip files. If a Zip file is provided, it must contain exactly one SPSS or CSV file.

To import data:

  • Go to the datasets list. This is where you will land after signing in. You can return to the datasets list at any time by clicking the Crunch logo or by closing the currently open dataset by clicking the dataset name and selecting Close.

  • Click the current project shown at the top of the screen and select New Dataset from the dropdown. 

  • Select either Comma-seperated values or IBM SPSS.

  • You can select a file on your local computer, or enter the URL of a file that is hosted somewhere else:

    • To select a local file, click Select File and use your computer’s file selector to choose a file.

    • To import a file from a URL, enter the URL under Enter Source URL and click Upload.

  • While the dataset uploads, you can enter a name, description, and start and end dates – a default name will be provided based on the file name.

If your input data file is over 100 megabytes, you should use a file-hosting service and import using hosted URL. [If you are using Dropbox, one way to get that hosted URL is as follows. View the file in your browser on, then select it with the checkbox next to its name, then on the right side of the screen click the "Share" button in the row for this file. This generate a pop up window and at the bottom of that window is a hyperlink ("copy link"), which you can paste into the Crunch webapp upload window as above. Note that you may need to edit a parameter in the link so that the code for downloads is OK, i.e. "dl=0" should be updated as "dl=1"].

Once the dataset has finished importing, click Finish. The newly imported dataset will open.