CSV Import

It is possible to import information about elements into your project in Enterprise Architect from a CSV text file. In this operation you make use of a CSV import specification. You import the CSV file into a selected Package; if this Package or any element within the Package has a lock on it, you cannot import the CSV file into it. The 'Import' option on the dialog is grayed out.

The format and content of the CSV source data file should resemble this:

Access Project Browser | Right-click on Package | Import/Export | CSV Import/Export

Import Data in CSV Format



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Confirm the name of the current selected Package.


Specify the name of the import specification to use.

Import specification


Edit the import specification or create a new one.


Specify the spreadsheet filename to import from.


Not used for import.

Code Page

Displays the Code Page used when importing and exporting. This can be changed via the 'Source Code Engineering' page of the 'Manage Project Options' dialog.

Code Generation Options


Select the 'Import' radio button to import from the file (grayed-out if the Package or a child item in the Package is locked).

Print Results

Print out the result list.

View File

View the source CSV file with the default Windows application for CSV files.


Perform the import.


Click on this button to close this dialog.


  • When importing, Enterprise Architect checks the specification to see if there is a 'GUID' field included; if there is, Enterprise Architect attempts to locate the element identified by the GUID and, if successful, updates the current element rather than creating a new one
  • If no 'GUID' field is defined, or Enterprise Architect cannot locate the identified element, a new element is created and placed in the current Package; during import, 'Type' is a mandatory field in the source file and must match one or more of the legal Enterprise Architect element types: for example: Requirement, or Class
  • In the Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, System Engineering and Ultimate editions of Enterprise Architect, if security is enabled you must have both 'Export XMI' and 'Import XMI' permissions to use the 'CSV Import/Export' option

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