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Version: 7.9


This function is used in Python Scripting.


Formats the contents of one or more datasets as an excel spreadsheet, returning the results as a string. Each dataset specified will be added as a worksheet in the Excel workbook. This function uses an xml-format for Excel spreadsheets, not the native Excel file format.

Client Permission Restrictions

This scripting function has no Client Permission restrictions.


system.dataset.dataSetToExcel(showHeaders, datasets[, nullsEmpty])


BooleanshowHeadersIf True (1), the spreadsheet will include a header row.
Object[]datasetsIf True (1), the spreadsheet will include a header row.
New in 7.9.8
If True (1), the spreadsheet will leave cells with NULL values empty, instead of allowing Excel to provide a default value like 0. Defaults to False. [Optional]


String - An Excel-compatible XML-based workbook, with one worksheet per dataset.



Code Examples

Example 1
# This snippet would run a SQL query against a database, and turn the results into a string that is XML that Excel can open. It then writes the string to a file on the local hard drive.

results = system.db.runQuery("SELECT * FROM example1 LIMIT 100")
results = system.dataset.toDataSet(results)
spreadsheet = system.dataset.dataSetToExcel(1, [results])
filePath = "C:\\output\\results.xls"
system.file.writeFile(filePath, spreadsheet)