Sourcetable Integration

Export Google Apps Script to CSV

Jump to


    Welcome to our comprehensive guide on exporting Google Apps Script to CSV filesā€”a valuable process for anyone looking to streamline their data handling and enhance productivity. Google Apps Script offers a versatile way to interact with Google Workspace applications, and by exporting scripts to CSV, you can efficiently manage large datasets, automate file creation, and simplify the process of loading data into spreadsheets. With the ability to download multiple files at once and save time by placing all files in a single folder, this method is a game-changer for data manipulation and analysis. On this page, we'll delve into what Google Apps Script is, demonstrate the step-by-step process of converting your scripts to CSV files, explore various use cases for exporting, introduce an alternative method using Sourcetable, and answer frequently asked questions about this powerful functionality.

    What is Google Apps Script?

    Google Apps Script is a rapid application development platform that enables users to create custom business applications. As a versatile tool that runs on Google's servers, it integrates seamlessly with Google Workspace, allowing for the creation of applications that work directly with Google's suite of productivity tools.

    Utilizing modern JavaScript, Google Apps Script provides a rich development environment with built-in libraries specifically designed for Google Workspace applications. This platform is accessible directly in the browser through a code editor, ensuring that there is no need for any installations or additional software to get started.

    Scripts and web applications built with Google Apps Script can be shared on the Chrome Web Store or stored in Google Drive, facilitating collaboration and distribution. The platform's extensive documentation supports developers in harnessing its full potential for developing business solutions.

    Exporting Data to CSV with Google Apps Script

    Exporting a Sheet as a CSV File

    The code, written in Google Apps Script, facilitates the export of a sheet to a CSV file. This functionality is particularly useful for sharing data between users. The script processes the data within a specified range of cells in a Google Sheet and converts it into a CSV format. The main function, convertRangeToCsvFile_, requires two arguments: the sheet from which data is to be exported and the number of rows each CSV file should contain. Once the data range is determined, the script iterates over the data, compiling a CSV-formatted string. A file is then generated for each group of rows defined by the 'rows per file' parameter.

    Exporting Spreadsheet Data to CSV using Google Apps Script

    This script is designed to export a single sheet from a Google Sheets document as a CSV file. An important note is that the exported CSV file is not UTF-8 encrypted. When using this script, it is essential to employ the HtmlService and its createHtmlOutput method. It is recommended to preserve the original code structure, especially the split functionality. The script's primary function also accepts a sheet and the number of rows per file as arguments, uses the data range to retrieve the data, and constructs a CSV file from this data. The function ultimately returns the assembled CSV files. It is critical to avoid using UiApp methods, as doing so will result in errors.

    Exporting Data from Google Sheets to CSV with Google Apps Script

    This script focuses on exporting data from a single Google Sheet into a CSV file using Google Apps Script. It operates by accessing the data range of the specified sheet and then getting the display values of this range. These values are formatted into CSV style and returned by the function. The convertRangeToCsvFile_ function plays a pivotal role in this process, as it not only retrieves the data range but also loops through the data, creating a CSV string. This function then returns an array of CSV files, which can be used to download the data. Additionally, the showUrl function has been introduced to replace the previous version and is responsible for updating the text on the download button with the provided download URL.

    Sourcetable Integration

    Streamline Your Workflow with Sourcetable

    Importing your Google Apps Script directly into a spreadsheet with Sourcetable elevates your data management by keeping your workflow seamless and efficient. Unlike the traditional method of exporting to CSV and then importing to another spreadsheet program, Sourcetable syncs your live data from a variety of apps or databases, including Google Apps Script. This ensures that you always have access to the most up-to-date information without the need for cumbersome manual exports.

    Utilizing Sourcetable for your data import routines offers several benefits. It provides a powerful automation capability that reduces the potential for human error and saves valuable time. With its familiar spreadsheet interface, Sourcetable allows you to query and manipulate your data effortlessly, enhancing your business intelligence processes. By choosing Sourcetable, you are not just importing data; you are upgrading to a smarter, more connected, and more dynamic data experience.

    Common Use Cases

    • G
      Sourcetable Integration
      Use case 1: Automating the backup of specific Google Sheets data by exporting sheets as CSV files for archival or reporting purposes.
    • G
      Sourcetable Integration
      Use case 2: Creating a system for regularly exporting data from a Google Sheet to be used in other applications that require CSV format.
    • G
      Sourcetable Integration
      Use case 3: Developing a workflow to convert and download multiple sheets from a Google Drive folder as CSV files in a single operation, saving time and effort.
    • G
      Sourcetable Integration
      Use case 4: Generating CSV exports of spreadsheet data with specific formatting options like titles, gridlines, and frozen rows/columns for printing or presentation needs.
    • G
      Sourcetable Integration
      Use case 5: Setting up a server-less solution to export and distribute Google Sheets data to team members or stakeholders who prefer data in CSV format.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I export a specific Google Sheet as a CSV file using Google Apps Script?

    Yes, it is possible to export a specific Google Sheet as a CSV file using Google Apps Script.

    What should I use instead of UiApp since it has been deprecated?

    You should use HtmlService instead of UiApp as it has been deprecated.

    Is there a way to ensure the CSV file uses the same date format as the Google Sheet?

    The CSV file should use the same date format as the Google Sheet. If there is an issue with the date format, you need to adjust the script to format the dates correctly before exporting.

    How can I create a download link for the CSV file using Google Apps Script?

    You can use the HtmlService to create a download link for the CSV file. The showurl function can be used to create the link and display it in a dialog.

    Do I need to enable any services to run the sheetToCsv function?

    You need to activate the Advanced Drive Service to run the sheetToCsv function.


    Throughout this comprehensive guide, we've explored the various facets of using Google Apps Script to expertly convert your Google Sheets data into a CSV format. You have learned how to utilize the convertRangeToCsvFile_ function, tailor the exported CSV to your needs by handling the number of rows per file, and ensure your data is neatly formatted without line breaks. While the script offers a reliable way to export sheets individually, an even more streamlined approach is available. Instead of exporting to CSV, consider using Sourcetable to import data directly into a spreadsheet. Embark on a more efficient data management journey by signing up for Sourcetable to get started.

    Start working with Live Data

    Analyze data, automate reports and create live dashboards
    for all your business applications, without code. Get unlimited access free for 14 days.