SmartyList US: Web Interface

With access to our SmartyList Web Interface, a person with zero programming experience can process lists of US addresses in only a few minutes. Using a simple copy and paste process, you can standardize and validate your addresses and enrich them with relevant data like county name, congressional district, latitude, longitude, and more. The tool can process up to 50,000 addresses at once. (For lists longer than 50,000, try our SmartyList Command-Line Interface.) Additionally, the SmartyList Web Interface has a ZIP Code mode in which you can put in ZIP Codes and get back all the corresponding cities and states, or put in cities and states and get back all the matching ZIP Codes.

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Contents

  1. Quick-Start Video
  2. Step-by-Step Instructions
  3. Help

Quick-Start Video

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Compile your data in one of these file formats: Excel, CSV, or tab-delimited text.
  2. Organize your data into columns, using one of the combinations shown below. The top row MUST consist of column titles, spelled exactly as you see here.

    For Addresses:
    street | city | state | zipcode
    street | city | state
    street | zipcode
    address (entire address in a single column)
    Note: An additional column for secondary (apt/ste/etc.) can be added to any of the first three examples above. (e.g., street | secondary | city | state | zipcode)

    For ZIP Codes:
    city | state | zipcode
    city | state
    zipcode

    SmartyList input example

  3. Select the columns that contain your address data, including the column titles themselves. Optionally, you can include columns that contain non-address data (like ID number or business name). All the data that is pasted into the tool will always be returned untouched as part of the output. (If you do include columns of non-address data, be sure to give those columns non-address titles.)
  4. Once you have selected the data, press Control-C (Command-C on a Mac) to copy the data.
  5. Go to the page for the SmartyList Web Interface.
  6. ("Step 1") Leave the drop-down menu set to "validate addresses" unless you want to choose the ZIP Code mode. There is a big difference between the two types of output.
  7. ("Step 2") Click in the box, then press Control-V (Command-V on a Mac) to paste in your input data.
  8. ("Step 3") Press the pretty button.
  9. ("Step 4") Once processing is complete, click "here," then press Control-C (or Command-C) to copy the output data.
  10. Go back to your spreadsheet and click in the cell that you want to become the top-left cell of the output data. You can choose to paste on top of your original data, or off to the right in the same sheet, or in a new, blank sheet.
  11. Press Control-V (or Command-V) and voila! Your original data is on the left; ours is on the right, with column titles in brackets.

Help

What does all that data mean?

If you need help understanding the many SmartyList output fields, please see either Address List Output Fields or ZIP Code List Output Fields.

My list failed to process.

Check if your input data has line breaks (two lines in the same cell) or quotation marks. These interfere with the tool's ability to sort the data correctly. Here's the solution:

  1. Save your original Excel file in a different file format: "Tab Delimited Text."
  2. Open the new file in a text editor, like Notepad++ for Windows or TextWrangler for Mac.
  3. Copy and paste from the text file into our web page, then continue to follow the instructions above.

My browser crashed, and I lost my processed list.

Please see the "Help" section at the bottom of the SmartyList Web Interface page.

I pasted the output data into my spreadsheet, and now it's a mess.

Blame Excel. It occasionally forgets how to place tab- or comma-delimited text into cells correctly. If this happens:

  1. Undo the paste that made a mess.
  2. Open a text editor, like Notepad++ for Windows or TextWrangler for Mac.
  3. Paste the SmartyStreets output data into a new window of the text editor.
  4. Save the file.
  5. Go back to your Excel spreadsheet and click on the cell where you want to paste the output data.
  6. From the Excel File menu, choose Import.
  7. Specify "Text file" and click Import.
  8. Navigate to your text file, select it, and click on Get Data.
  9. In the Text Import Wizard, choose the default values.

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