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CSV Module

Using the CSV module you can import or export your data using CSV formatted files.



Separator character

Character used to separate your data entries. Default value is ‘;’, a typical CSV entry woould look like username;password;phone;email

List separator character

Character used to separate entries in lists. This is used if one of the im- or exported fields contains a collection as value. Default value is ‘|’, a typical list entry would look like [1|2|3], where the braces indicate the value as list.


Charset of your data. Note: MS Excel in a western country will use Windows-1252

Date format

SimpleDateFormat used to import and export date values; e.g. "EEE, d MMM yyyy HH:mm:ss Z"


After setting the configuration parameters, you will be able to ex- or import data in the dashboard data screen. Additionally, you may use the REST interface to upload (import) or download (export) CSV data.


To support the export of very large data entries, each field value of one data entry is limited to a size of 100.000 characters. This value can be increased in the yambas properties file.

The usual limitation of a maximum result set size is not taken into account when exporting data. Therefore, an export of a large dataset could last several minutes. You can limit the result set with the limit/order query operator (see example below).

curl https://apiomat.org/yambas/rest/modules/csv/spec/YOUR_APPNAME \

You may also filter classes to export using the ‘classesToExport’ query parameter and a comma separated list of classes which you want to be exported:

curl https://apiomat.org/yambas/rest/modules/csv/spec/YOUR_APPNAME?classesToExport=car,tire \

If you have multiple modules with classes that have the same name, you can prepend the classnames with the module name and a dollar sign after the module name:

curl https://apiomat.org/yambas/rest/modules/csv/spec/YOUR_APPNAME?classesToExport=MyModule$car,MyModule$tire \

You can also filter the data that you want to be exported by using a query:

curl https://apiomat.org/yambas/rest/modules/csv/spec/YOUR_APPNAME?q=lastModifiedAt>date(1413842400000) \

Or limit the resultset:

curl https://apiomat.org/yambas/rest/modules/csv/spec/YOUR_APPNAME?q=limit%20100&offset%2010 \

Usually, images are exported as URLs in the CSV. If you want them to be contained as files directly in the CSV, simply add the ‘exportResources’ parameter as follows:

curl https://apiomat.org/yambas/rest/modules/csv/spec/YOUR_APPNAME?exportResources=true \


Assuming import.zip containing all classes as csv data, the import command would look like:

curl -X POST https://apiomat.org/yambas/rest/modules/csv/spec/YOUR_APPNAME \
-u YOUR_EMAIL:YOUR_PASSWORD --data-binary @import.zip -H "content-type:application/zip"

Each exported dataset of your own classes contains an ID field, which is the ID from ApiOmat database. Do NOT change this field if you want to update the dataset. If you create new entries, leave this field empty. Self-created IDs will lead to import errors. If you want to give your new data entries an ID, you can use an arbitrary (but unique) value in the foreignId field. You can even use this foreignId if you want to set references from other classes.

Special attribute types

If you want to import images, simply place them in the zip file and write their filename (beginning with file://) into the CSV. That is, if your csv includes

  • myImport.zip

  • myImage.png

  • MyApp$MyClass1.csv

Then the column in your MyApp$MyClass1.csv file containing the images should contain file://myImage.png. Subdirectories are also supported.
If you want to use dates, their format must follow the Java date format LONG or SHORT.

Embedded objects

Export and import of embedded objects is possible, too. Embedded data is placed in a separate file with an .embedded prefix on the filename. That is, if the MyClass1in the example above has an embedded class named MySub, the exported files would look like

  • MyApp$MyClass1.csv

  • MyApp$MyClass1.embedded.csv

whereas the MyApp$MyClass1.embedded.csv would contain the usual data like any other non-embedded class structure.

My Modules

The CSV Module comes with a tool which allows you to import or export ZIP-files containing CSV Data in an easy dialog.
You do not need to use the Rest-Interface to download/upload your data.