01-08-2020 11:44 AM - last edited 10-16-2020 08:02 AM
Title: Import CSV File
Description: This flow allows you to import csv files into a destination table.
Actually I have uploaded 2 flows. One is a compact flow that just removes the JSON accessible dynamic columns.
You can easily access the columns in the compact version by using the column indexes . . . ,,, etc...
This step is where the main difference is at. We don't recreate the JSON, we simply begin to write our data columns by accessing them via column indexes (apply to each actions). This will cut down in the run time by even another 30% to 40%.
** If you need to add or remove columns you can, follow the formatting and pattern in the "append json string items" and anywhere else columns are accessed by column indexes with 0 being first column -- for example "variables('variable')" or "split(. .. . )", etc.. .
Import the package attached below into your own environment.
You only need to change the action where I get the file content from, such as sharepoint get file content, onedrive get file content.
My file in the example is located on premise.
When you change the get file content action it will remove any references to it, this is where it belongs though.
Please read the comments within the flow steps, they should explain the using this flow.
Be sure to watch where your money columns or other columns with commas fall as they have commas replaced by asterisk in this flow, when you write the data you need to find the money columns to remove the commas since it will most likely go into a currency column.
Also check the JSON step carefully since it will let you access your columns dynamically in the following steps.
You will need to modify the JSON schema to match your column names and types, you should be able to see where the column names and types are within the properties brackets.
In this step of you JSON notice my values have quotes because mine are all string type, even the cost.
If you have number types remove the quotes (around the variables) at this step where the items are appended and you probably need to replace the comma out of the money value (replace with nothing).
This step will control how many records you are going to process.
The flow is set up to process 200 rows per loop and should not be changed or due to the nesting of loops it may go over the limit.
It will detect how many loops it needs to perform. So if you have 5,000 rows it will loop 25 times.
You should change the count though. Make sure the count is over the number of loops, the count just prevents it from looping indefinitely.
Note: This flow can take a long time to run, the more rows with commas in the columns the longer.
9-25-20 - A new version of the flow is available, it is optimized and should run 40% to 50% faster.
Questions: If you have any issues running it, most likely I can figure it out for you.
Anything else we should know: You can easily change the trigger type to be scheduled, manual, or when a certain event occurs.
The csv file must be text based as in saved as plain text with a csv extension or txt in some cases.
Note: any file with csv extension will probably show with an excel icon.
The best way to find out if it will work is to right click it on your computer and choose to open it in word pad or note pad. If you see the data it will work. If you see different characters it is an excel based file and won't work.
An excel based file is of type object and can't be read as a string in this flow.
You can easily convert it by saving excel file as CSV UTF-8 comma delimited in save as options.
It should also work on an excel file without table format as long as you convert to csv the same way and same extension requirement.
** If the file is on sharepoint go ahead and save as csv utf-8 and then change the extension to .txt or sharepoint will force it to open as an actual excel spreadsheet file.
you may also need to use .txt extension from other "get file contents" besides sharepoint. I know for a fact on premise can stay as .csv extension.
My sample run of 12000 rows, this sample has 10 columns, you can have any number of columns.
Thanks very much for sharing! I've been able to parse a csv file with about 40,000 records but what I then want to do is compare that file with an existing excel table in sharepoint with about the same amount of records. The comparison process seems to take forever so I tried to use concurrent processes but I couldn't do this because of the way you reset the json string in the retrieve each file loop. Am I missing something here as to how I take the output and do parallel processing of the result?
You can go ahead and write the 40k records to a temporary sharepoint since they are being processed.
Then you can use concurrency to compare the temporary sharepoint records to the excel table in sharepoint.
The comparison can be added at the end of the flow or maybe a new flow.
This looks really good but I am looking for something slightly different. I would like to Import csv or excel data each time a file is modified so the new data can be imported into a SharePoint list. Currently I have an export of the data arriving on email, so can capture the attachment and save it to OneDrive for Business.
I am using your flow, works amazingly except one thing. I find it cannot get past a line break in between the extra quotes, the flow just hangs and will not finish processing. How would you go about dealing with this? I don't know how .csv files code in line breaks.
Late response here. My notifications are no longer sent to my email.
Post a pic of your fail action details and or error message to see what it is doing in this particular line.
Normally the error message will display which character causes the issue or explain why it can't process it.
I believe the create CSV action does have some type of limits. I'm don't know the limitations but it should be listed in the documentation.