Migrating legacy data from other applications

Hi. I have a dump from an old forum application which I like to migrate to discourse. What is the best way to do it ? should I create a plugin for it ? Or use the API to create new posts ? I need the date to be exactly the same as the dump file for each post.

What better chance to take a look at our import scripts from other platforms? :wink:


hell yeah. How can I use them ?

You can start reading this guide:


thanks a lot friend.

You don’t mention what software you’ve been using. Every importer migrates the original date of the posts, so that part is easy.

Searching “your forum #howto” will find instructions if there are any, and the link above will get you to all of the importers.

A substantial part of my living is from doing imports. I have an info page here: https://www.literatecomputing.com/discourse-migration/