Export a batch payment file and import into a bank account

After you've created a batch payment, export the payment file and upload it to your bank to pay the bills in the batch.

What to check before you export a batch payment file

    If you're exporting your batch payment file and uploading it to your bank, Xero will create an export file using a generic file format. You'll need to check your bank (and account - typically a business bank account) can make direct credit payments this way.

      How to export your batch file

      1. Go to Accounts, then click Bank Accounts.
      2. Click the name of the bank account you made the batch payment from.
      3. Open the batch payment.

      4. Your batch payment is either named Payment: multiple items or Payment: Name/Organisation (for one payment in the batch).
      5. Click Export Batch File to download the batch payment file.

        Export batch file

      If there's a bill in your batch with incomplete information, you'll get a message when you try to export the file. The message lists which payment line has errors. Go back and edit your batch before exporting the file.

      Edit a batch payment

      Importing your saved batch file to your bank

      If the bank offers you the option to process the batch as either a single statement line or multiple statement lines, choose the single statement line.

      If you import the saved batch file into your bank account, it's important that you don't change the file format or the data in the file.

      If you're new to uploading files into your bank account for these types of payments, contact your bank to find out how to do this.

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