Within Teamwork Desk you may want to import tickets from an outside source such as Zendesk.

To import tickets to Teamwork Desk, click on the your profile icon to the top right of the navigation bar and select 'Settings:

Near the top of the page select the 'Company' area of settings:

From the left pane select 'Import Data':

You will then see the option to import via Zendesk (along with other options):

To start the process, you'll need to add:

When you've added these details, click the 'Start Import' button to begin.

You'll be redirected to the Import History area within the left pane once you've initiated the import.

Each time you import tickets, the import is given an ID and you'll see it listed in this page:

The other details shown here are:

Type: the origin of the import

Status: Pending > Started > Completed or Failed


  • Skipped: Tickets already imported from the Zendesk account
  • Imported: Tickets that have been imported this time
  • Failed: Tickets that we were unable to import

If the import fails, you may see one of these errors to let you know what was wrong:

  • Domain not found - the domain name you entered in the import details screen wasn't recognised as a valid Zendesk site
  • Unauthorized - the email address or token may be incorrect
  • Forbidden, must be Admin user - if the email address you entered doesn't relate to an administrator account in Zendesk
 These details will also be emailed to the address you've used here when the import is complete.

About your imported tickets in Desk

Any tickets imported from Zendesk will have a status of 'closed'. Please note - if a customer replies to an imported ticket, it will be treated as a new ticket, and they would need to be merged manually if you want to bring the new response into the old ticket. It's best to consider all imported tickets as closed, and for reference only.

If you are on a plan with per-ticket pricing, you will not be charged for imported tickets.

Replies and notes from Zendesk will be added directly to tickets in Teamwork Desk.

Tags will be imported with tickets.

If a customer on an imported ticket matches an existing customer in Desk (by email address) it will be associated to them, if no existing customer is found in Desk then they will be created.

If the agent on an imported ticket matches an existing agent in Teamwork Desk (by email address), it will be assigned to them. If no existing agent can be matched, a new agent will be added with a status of 'Invited', meaning that you won't be charged for adding them until you choose to invite them manually.

Ticket priority will be imported and mapped as:

  • Zendesk Urgent = Teamwork Desk High
  • Zendesk High = Teamwork Desk Medium
  • Zendesk Normal = Teamwork Desk None
  • Zendesk Low = Teamwork Desk Low
Multiple imports

 If you run another import, here's how your tickets are affected:

  • Tickets from the first import, including any that have been edited or deleted (individually) will not be re-imported
  • If you delete an inbox, tickets that were in that inbox will be re-imported
For more information see: Importing tickets from Freshdesk