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Export to CSV

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This document details exporting a document to CSV (comma-separated values) format.


A code example illustrating how to export a report to CSV is available at How to export a report to CSV format.

The options which can be specified for a document exported to a CSV file are stored in the CsvExportOptions class, and can be accessed via a report’s ExportOptions.Csv property.

  • Among these options, the TextExportOptionsBase.TextExportMode property determines whether the data fields format is used in the bound dataset for the cells in the exported CSV document.

    If this property is set to Text, all data fields are exported to the CSV file as strings, with the corresponding formatting embedded into those strings.

  • To specify whether the resulting CSV file should include empty columns and/or rows, use the CsvExportOptions.SkipEmptyColumns and CsvExportOptions.SkipEmptyRows properties.


Only the report controls that do not intersect with each other can be correctly exported to CSV. In other cases, the resulting CSV file may have a completely broken layout.

To make sure that your report layout will be preserved in a CSV format, enable the report’s DesignerOptions.ShowExportWarnings property at design time, and check to ensure there are no exclamation marks shown for intersecting controls (colored in red).


When exporting to a CSV file, XtraReports uses the protected GetTextView method of the XRControl class, which is overridden in the appropriate report control. This method returns a two-dimensional string array used for the text representation of a control. For instance, the XRLabel is represented as a simple string, the XRRichText as a one-dimensional array of strings, the XRTable as a two-dimensional array of strings, and the XRPictureBox cannot be represented as a string.


Composite report documents created from multiple merged documents cannot be exported to file formats that support a continuous (table-like) layout (such as TXT or CSV).

As a workaround, use subreports to combine multiple XtraReport to a single document. Alternatively, export all your reports to CSV and TXT files separately and then join all the exported data to a single file.