Looking for help with your list?
Mailchimp lists are now called audiences. They include the same data and functionality as before, along with valuable new insights about your contacts. As we introduce this change over time, you’ll notice fewer places where we still say list. Learn more about this change.
A tab-delimited file is a text file that's set up with a tab separating each column of text. Mailchimp accepts these types of files for contact imports, and helps you map tabbed columns to a field in your audience.
Tips for setup
- Before you export your file from a database application, take a look at their FAQs or support page for instructions on how to save as a tab-delimited file. It's a standard export format, but since every application is different, the steps will vary.
- You can also export data as a tab-delimited file from most spreadsheet applications. Make sure your file ends with a ".txt" extension.
- After you have a tab-delimited version of your audience, open it in a spreadsheet, like Microsoft Excel, to arrange and format your columns for import to Mailchimp. When you export the final, edited document from Excel, make sure to save it as a tab-delimited file again.
If you run into other problems with your import, check out these import troubleshooting tips.