CSV Import

Enterprise Architect enables you to import information about elements from a CSV text file, using a CSV export 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 source data file should resemble the following:

CSVReqs

Access:    Project Browser | Package Context Menu | Import/Export | CSV Import/Export

How to:

To import data in CSV format, follow the steps below:

  1. In the Project Browser, right-click on the package to import into and select the CSV Import/Export context menu option
  2. The CSV Import/Export dialog displays; set the required options; as outlined below:
     

Field

Usage

See also

Package

Confirm the name of the current selected package

 

Specification

Specify the name of the import specification to use

Import specification

Edit/New

Edit the import specification or create a new one

 

File

Specify the spreadsheet filename to import from

 

Types

Not used for import

 

Action

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

 

Run

Perform the import

 

Close

Exit this dialog

 

Notes:

  • 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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