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Version: 8.1


This function is used in Python Scripting.


Exports the contents of a dataset as an Excel spreadsheet, prompting the user to save the file to disk. Uses the same format as the system.dataset.toExcel function. To write silently to a file, you cannot use the dataset.export* functions. Instead, use the toExcel() function.

Client Permission Restrictions

This scripting function has no Client Permission restrictions.


system.dataset.exportExcel(filename, showHeaders, dataset, [nullsEmpty])


StringfilenameA suggested filename to save as.
BooleanshowHeadersIf true, the spreadsheet will include a header row.
Dataset / List[Dataset]datasetEither a single dataset, or a list of datasets. When passing a list, each element represents a single sheet in the resulting workbook.
BooleannullsEmptyIf True, 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 - The path to the saved file, or None if the action was canceled by the user.


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Code Examples

Code Snippet
# This snippet prompts the user to save the data currently displayed in a Table component to an Excel-compatible spreadsheet file. It opens the file after a successful save.

table = event.source.parent.getComponent("Table")
filePath = system.dataset.exportExcel("data.xlsx", 1,
if filePath != None:"file://"+filePath)


system dataset exportExcel, dataset.exportExcel