This function is used in Python Scripting.


Formats the contents of a dataset as CSV (comma separated values), returning the resulting CSV as a string. If the "forExport" flag is set, then the format will be appropriate for parsing using the system.dataset.fromCSV function.

Client Permission Restrictions

This scripting function has no Client Permission restrictions.


system.dataset.toCSV(dataset, showHeaders, forExport, localized)

  • Parameters

Dataset dataset - The dataset to export to CSV.

Boolean showHeaders - If set to true, a header row will be present in the CSV. Default is true.

Boolean forExport - If set to true, extra header information will be present in the CSV data which is necessary for the CSV to be compatible with the fromCSV method. Overrides showHeaders. Default is false.

Boolean localized - If set to true, the string representations of the values in the CSV data will be localized. Default is false.

  • Returns

String - The CSV data as a string.

  • Scope

Gateway, Vision Client, Perspective Session

Code Examples
Code Snippet
# This snippet runs a SQL query against a database and turns the results into a CSV string. It would then store the resulting CSV to a file on the local hard drive.
results = system.db.runNamedQuery("Fetch Records",{})
csv = system.dataset.toCSV(dataset = results, showHeaders = True, forExport = False)
filePath = "C:\\output\\results.csv"
system.file.writeFile(filePath, csv)

system dataset toCSV, dataset.toCSV