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CSV
Getting started with CSV

The CSV aggregator and CSV transformer lets you create csv files and parse csv text from a received text value or a file.

Aggregators
Create CSV

Merges selected text items and return them in the CSV format.

The Create CSV aggregator lets you create a csv text from received text values.Aggregator

Source Module

Select the app module you are using to aggregate the fields you need.

Aggregate Fields

Select the fields you want to aggregate from the list of available fields.

Include headers in the first row

When selected includes the headers in the result.

Group by

Enter the filter to group the results. For example, a date.

Stop processing after an empty aggregation

When selected, the Action Flow stops when there are no results.

Example - Export Google Contacts to a CSV File

The Create CSV module provides you with a list of options as checkboxes. If you are selecting Contact's ID, and Full name, then the results are returned in a text format.

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Create CSV (advanced)

Merges selected text items and return them in the CSV format. Employs Data Structure to define CSV columns in the resulting CSV file.

The Create CSV (advanced) aggregator lets you create a csv text from received text values. It employs a Data structure that defines the CSV columns in the resulting CSV file. Once defined, the columns appear as fields in the CSV module setup, available for mapping.Aggregator

Source Module

The App module you are using to aggregate the fields you need.

Data Structure

Select the data structure to aggregate the fields in the way you want. See Adding a Data Structure.

After defining the data structure, you can map the items to the corresponding fields.

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Aggregate Fields

Provides a list of fields you want to aggregate.

Include headers in the first row

When selected includes headings in the first row.

Group by

Enter the filter to group the results. For example, a date.

Stop processing after an empty aggregation

When selected, the Action Flow stops when there are no results.

Example - Export Google Contacts to a CSV File

The Create CSV (advanced) module provides you with an option to create a data structure with the aggregating fields you needed. If you are defining a data structure with full name, and email then the results are returned in a text format.

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Transformers
Parse CSV

Parses a CSV file

The Parse CSV transformer lets you parse a csv text from a received text value or a file. If your data comes in binary form (typically from a file), you have to use the toString() function to convert the binary data to String:

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Transforming complex data to CSV
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Let us assume you would like to export your Google contacts to a CSV file with two columns "Full Name" and "Email". The output bundle from the Google Contacts > Get contacts from a group module has the following structure (see on the right). The email addresses are stored inside the Emails[] item, which is an array of collections, each collection containing two items: Label and Email.

If you employ the simple Create CSV module, you are offered a list of checkboxes corresponding to a bundle's top-level items. If you attempt to tick Full name and Emails items, the Create CSV module will produce the following output, which is probably not what you wished for:

 "emails","fullName"
"[object Object]","Shon Winer"
"[object Object]","Lizeth Fulmore"
"[object Object]","Hilario Gullatt"
"[object Object]","Abby Eisenbarth"
         

Since the item Full Name is of simple type Text, it is exported just fine. But the item Emails, which is of a complex type Array of Collections, is exported as [object Object], which is how Collections and Arrays are transformed to text by default.Item data typesArrayCollection

To export content of the Email item of the first collection of the Emails[] array instead, it is necessary to employ the Create CSV (advanced) module. The module will enable you to define individual columns of your CSV file and map items to them, including the nested ones.

1. Insert the module Create CSV (advanced) in a Action Flow and open its configuration.

2. Click the Add button next to the Data structure field to create a new Data structure.

3. Write in a name for the Data structure and click the Add item button to add the individual columns. If you wish to export two columns: "Full Name" and "Email", the resulting Data structure would look like this:

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4. Once you have successfully defined the Data structure, fields corresponding to each individual column should appear in the configuration of the Create CSV (advanced) module so you can map the items. Take the first item from the Emails[] array and map its item Email to the field/column Email:

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5. Execute the Action Flow. Since the item Emails[1]: Email mapped to column Email is of simple type Text, it will be exported correctly now:Item data types

"Full Name","Email"
"Shon Winer","Shon@Winer.com"
"Lizeth Fulmore","Lizeth@Fulmore.com"
"Hilario Gullatt","Hilario@Gullatt.com"
"Abby Eisenbarth","Abby@Eisenbarth.com"
         
Adding a Data Structure

You can add the data structures by clicking the Add item in the Specification field.

One item represents one column.

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Fill the details in the Add item dialog.

Name

Enter the name of the property for the data structure. For example, Full Name.

Label

Enter a label for the data structure.

Type

Select the data type:

  • Array

  • Collection

  • Date

  • Text

  • Number

  • Boolean

  • Binary Data

Default

Enter a default value for the property.

Required

When selected, indicates that the value is required.

Multi-line

When selected,

Sample items after filling the data.

For more information on Data Structure, see Data Structures.