3 Using the Data Entry app

3.1 About the Data Entry app

The Data Entry app is where you manually enter aggregated data in DHIS2. You register data for an organisation unit, a period, and a set of data elements (data set) at a time. A data set often corresponds to a paper-based data collection tool. You configure the data sets in the Maintenance app.


If a data set has both a section form and a custom form, the system displays the custom form during data entry. Users who enter data can’t select which form they want to use. In web-based data entry the order of display preference is:

  1. Custom form (if it exists)

  2. Section form (if it exists)

  3. Default form

Mobile devices do not support custom forms. In mobile-based data entry the order of display preference is:

  1. Section form (if it exists)

  2. Default form

When you close an organisation unit, you can’t register or edit data to this organisation unit in the Data Entry app.