Importing your data from Basecamp

Basecamp is a well known online project management tool that’s been around for quite a while.

As a result of many user requests we have developed a quick and easy tool to import your Basecamp data into Dooster.

If you are an existing Basecamp user and want to try Dooster out, this will allow you to easily compare both tools in action and see which one you prefer.

What gets imported form Basecamp to Dooster?:

You can import / migrate the following data from Basecamp in to your Dooster account:

Your Basecamp Projects (become Dooster Projects)
Your Basecamp Users (become Dooster Team Members )
Your Basecamp Tasks and To Dos (become Dooster Tasklists and Tasks)
Your Basecamp ToDo Comments (become Dooster Task comments)
Your Basecamp Milestones (become Dooster Milestones)
Your Basecamp Clients (become Dooster Contacts)
Your Basecamp Messages (become Dooster Project Noticeboards)

What do I do?

Step 1:

Get your Basecamp XML Export file Here’s how

Please note you want the “Raw data export XML” format and NOT the html
As Basecamp say “If you are an account owner, click on the “Settings” tab from your Basecamp Dashboard then click the “Export” link. At the bottom of this screen you’ll see two export options. On the left is the HTML export and on the right is the XML export. Click the link to request the export you want. Your request will go into a processing queue, and as soon as your export is ready you’ll receive an email with a link to download it”.

Step 2:

If you haven’t already done so, set up your free Dooster account

Step 3:

E-mail your Basecamp XML Export to us at imports[at]

In the email please tell us which Dooster account name you want to import to What is my account name? (see here)

What if I already have the same users in Basecamp and Dooster?

Our system will find any Basecamp users who already exist in your Dooster account.

It will only create users that don’t yet exist in Dooster.

If you prefer, we can create every Basecamp user as a new Dooster user. Please let us know if you would prefer this option

What happens next

We will perform the import and email you when it’s done. This will usually be done within a couple of hours – or sooner.

How am I charged

The migration service is free.

As far as what your Dooster account usage charges might be:

If you are a new user your data will be on the 30 day free trial – assuming you have more than the free level of projects.

If you are already using Dooster then the projects you import from Basecamp will add to your project count and you will be charged accordingly at the next billing cycle


We respect the confidential nature of your data. Therefore, we fully appreciate that sending us a spreadsheet detailing internal and client-sensitive tasks might raise concerns about security and confidentiality. Rest assured, we treat your data with the utmost care as follows:

  • Our developer is the only person on our team with the administration rights to transfer your data.
  • Our developer is also the only person on our team authorized to open the file, which is only done if necessary to ensure a proper integration.
  • Upon successful integration, the develop deletes your data file.



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