Sourcetable Integration

Export Blazor to CSV

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    What is Blazor?

    Blazor is a web development framework by Microsoft that was released in 2018. As a modern front-end web framework, it is based on HTML, CSS, and C#, enabling the development of interactive web apps with reusable components. Blazor components can be executed on both the client and the server, providing flexibility in how applications are structured.

    With Blazor, developers can build cross-platform hybrid desktop and mobile applications, using one C# codebase for both backend and frontend development. This feature is particularly beneficial for developers familiar with Microsoft’s .NET Core, as it allows them to work within a consistent development environment without the need to use multiple JavaScript frameworks or PHP.

    Furthermore, Blazor integrates seamlessly with .NET, allowing for web apps to run without writing JavaScript, by running components in WebAssembly or server-side in ASP.NET Core. It also offers the capability to call existing JavaScript libraries and APIs from C#. Blazor stands out as a tool for building web apps more efficiently and is considered the preferred framework for delivering great web experiences, especially for those adept in Microsoft technologies.

    Exporting Blazor Data to a CSV File

    Using CsvHelper in Blazor Applications

    Blazor applications can export data to a CSV file by utilizing the CsvHelper library. This library is instrumental in both the creation and writing of the CSV file. To create the CSV file in memory, a MemoryStream is used, which then allows the CsvHelper, coupled with a StreamWriter, to write the data to the CSV file. CsvHelper's configuration is crucial as it sets the correct delimiter and encoding, ensuring the CSV file is formatted properly. The CsvHelper's WriteRecords method is employed to write the records into the CSV file.

    Downloading the CSV File

    The process of downloading the generated CSV file is handled within the controller of the Blazor Server application. The DownloadFileMandantProvisioning method in the controller initiates the download action. Once the data is written into the CSV file using the CsvWriter object from the CsvHelper library, the file is returned and made available for download using the File method. This method ensures that the file is downloaded to the client's system.

    Blazor Server and MVC Controller Integration

    In scenarios where Blazor Server and the MVC Controller are part of the same project, exporting to CSV can be managed locally or centrally. This setup allows for a seamless integration between the Blazor application and the MVC Controller, facilitating the export of data to a CSV file. The CsvHelper library plays a vital role in this integration by enabling the data export functionality within the Blazor application environment, which is hosted on Blazor Server.

    Compatibility with Blazor Server and Blazor WebAssembly

    Exporting data to CSV in Blazor is compatible with both Blazor Server and Blazor WebAssembly. This flexibility ensures that applications using either hosting model can implement CSV export functionality effectively. The use of CsvHelper remains consistent across different Blazor hosting models, providing a reliable way to create and download CSV files from a Blazor application.

    Sourcetable Integration

    Streamline Your Blazor Data with Sourcetable

    With Sourcetable, you can take the complexity out of managing your Blazor data by directly syncing it with a powerful spreadsheet interface. This innovative platform allows you to bypass the tedious process of exporting your data to CSV and then importing it into another spreadsheet program. Sourcetable's ability to connect with nearly any app or database ensures that your live data is always at your fingertips.

    Using Sourcetable not only saves time but also enhances your automation capabilities. By automatically pulling in data from multiple sources, Sourcetable empowers you with real-time business intelligence. Its familiar spreadsheet interface allows for easy querying and manipulation of data, making it an excellent choice for businesses looking to streamline their data analysis and decision-making processes.

    Common Use Cases

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      Use case 1: Exporting a filtered and sorted grid to reflect the current view state such as filters, sorting, pagination, grouping, and column order into a CSV file
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      Use case 2: Offering the functionality to export either the currently viewed page or the entire dataset from a grid to a CSV file
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      Use case 3: Uploading an Excel file and converting it to CSV format using IronXL within a Blazor application
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      Use case 4: Providing a live demonstration of CSV export features including cell formatting and changing the default delimiter

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What library can be used to export data to CSV in Blazor?

    To export data to CSV in Blazor, use the CsvHelper library.

    How do you write records to a CSV file using CsvHelper in Blazor?

    Use the CsvWriter class from the CsvHelper package to write records to a CSV file.

    What is used to configure CsvHelper when exporting CSV files in Blazor?

    The CsvConfiguration class from the CsvHelper package is used to configure the CSV writer.

    How is the CSV file sent to the user in a Blazor application?

    Use the File method to send the CSV file to the user to download, which returns a FileResult of type 'text/csv'.

    What might happen when creating CSV files with CsvHelper?

    CsvHelper may cause read and write timeouts when creating CSV files.


    Blazor, harnessing the power of ASP.NET and C#, offers a robust solution for exporting data to CSV files, with versatility ranging from server-side technologies to WebAssembly apps. Utilizing the CsvHelper library, Blazor can efficiently create CSV files and even tailor them to specific requirements, such as modifying the CSV delimiter or handling complex data types that Excel does not natively recognize. Despite challenges like read and write timeouts or issues with file downloads, Blazor's integration with MVC controllers and programmable events like OnBeforeExport and OnAfterExport ensures that data from components such as the Grid can be exported seamlessly, though it's important to note that column widths and templates are not preserved during this process. For those seeking a more streamlined approach, Sourcetable offers an alternative by allowing direct import of data into spreadsheets, bypassing the need for CSV exports altogether. Sign up for Sourcetable to get started and elevate your data management experience.

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