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    Welcome to your comprehensive guide on exporting LibreOffice documents to CSV format. As you may know, CSV (Comma Separated Values) is a versatile text file format that is widely used for exchanging data across different applications, such as databases and spreadsheets. Exporting your LibreOffice files to CSV is particularly valuable as it allows you to transform your data into a format that is easily loaded into a spreadsheet for further analysis, manipulation, and viewing. On this page, we'll explore what LibreOffice is, provide a detailed walkthrough on how to export to a CSV file, discuss various use cases for exporting data, introduce an alternative method using Sourcetable, and answer your most pressing questions about the export process. Whether you are looking to create data files for real-time graphics applications, test and adjust data, or manage large volumes of information, you'll find the resources you need right here.

    What is LibreOffice?

    LibreOffice is an office suite that provides a variety of tools designed for productivity and data management. As a successor to OpenOffice.org, it offers a clean interface and a comprehensive set of feature-rich tools. LibreOffice is recognized for being open source and free, allowing users to utilize the software without cost and also contribute to its development.

    Available across multiple operating systems, including Windows, macOS, and Linux, LibreOffice is accessible to a wide range of users. It's known for its community-driven approach to testing and development, welcoming new talent and ideas. Moreover, LibreOffice is the first to implement a calendar-based version numbering scheme, identified as YY.M, ensuring a predictable release schedule for its users.

    In relation to managing data, LibreOffice Base, a component of the suite, supports an extensive array of data types for creating robust tables in a database. These types include text formats like VARCHAR and CHAR, various numeric formats such as INTEGER and DOUBLE, time-related types like DATE and TIMESTAMP, and others including BOOLEAN and BINARY. This makes LibreOffice Base a versatile database management system suitable for a range of data-handling needs.

    Exporting Data from LibreOffice to CSV

    Using Calc for CSV Export

    The most straightforward method to export data from a LibreOffice Base table to a CSV file is through the LibreOffice Calc application. This approach is particularly user-friendly and is well-suited for those who are not familiar with SQL queries. It is also beneficial for handling and analyzing large datasets, as Calc provides functionalities for viewing and filtering the exported information.

    To start the export process, you need to open the LibreOffice Base database that contains the table you want to export. Navigate to the 'Tables' section in the left pane, and right-click on the table you wish to convert into a CSV file. Select 'Copy' from the context menu to copy the data. Subsequently, open a Calc spreadsheet by selecting File > New > Spreadsheet from the menu bar. Paste the copied data into the newly opened Calc spreadsheet. Finally, you can save this spreadsheet as a CSV file by choosing the 'Save As' option and specifying the .csv format. Keep in mind that when saving to CSV, only the data in the current sheet will be preserved, and all formulas and formatting will not be included.

    Alternative Methods for Data Manipulation

    Although exporting directly to a CSV file is typically done through Calc, it is also possible to first copy data into other LibreOffice applications such as Writer or Impress. This might be done for various reasons, including the need to format the data differently or to integrate the data into a document or presentation. However, if the final goal is to create a CSV file, the data will eventually need to be transferred into a Calc spreadsheet following the aforementioned steps to complete the CSV export process.

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    Import LibreOffice Data Directly with Sourcetable

    When working with spreadsheets, the traditional method of exporting data from LibreOffice to a CSV file before importing it into another spreadsheet program can be cumbersome and time-consuming. Sourcetable offers a seamless alternative that syncs your live data from a wide array of applications and databases, including LibreOffice, directly into its spreadsheet environment. This bypasses the need to manually handle CSV files, streamlining your workflow and saving valuable time.

    By using Sourcetable for your data management needs, you can enjoy the convenience of automated data pulling from various sources. This not only reduces the risk of errors that can occur during the export-import process but also ensures that your data is consistently up-to-date. Sourcetable's familiar spreadsheet interface allows for easy querying and manipulation of your data, making it an ideal tool for automation and enhancing your business intelligence capabilities.

    Common Use Cases

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      Creating data files for a realtime graphics app
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      Sending out several pages of CSV files for testing
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      Exchanging data between a database and a spreadsheet
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      Previewing the layout of imported data in Calc
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      Saving only the data from the current sheet for external use

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I export my spreadsheet to CSV format in LibreOffice?

    To export a spreadsheet to CSV format in LibreOffice, choose File - Save as, enter a file name, select 'Text CSV' in the File type box, select Edit filter settings, choose your desired options in the Export of text files dialog, and then click Save followed by OK.

    Why are numbers and empty cells not quoted when I export to CSV in LibreOffice?

    LibreOffice exports numbers and empty cells without quotes by default, which can lead to confusion if strict CSV format rules are expected. It is just the way the program handles CSV exports.

    What happens to formulas and formatting in my spreadsheet when I export to CSV?

    When exporting a spreadsheet to CSV from LibreOffice, all formulas and formatting are lost. Only the data on the current sheet is saved.

    Can I change the delimiter settings when exporting to CSV from LibreOffice?

    Yes, you can change the delimiter settings by checking 'Edit filter settings' during the CSV export process and then selecting your desired character set, field delimiter, and text delimiter.

    What can I do if LibreOffice does not export my file in strict CSV format?

    If LibreOffice does not follow strict CSV format rules, you can use a search and replace on the table or post-process the export with a unique character delimiter that does not appear in the document.


    Exporting data from LibreOffice to CSV is a straightforward process that allows you to exchange data seamlessly between databases and spreadsheets. By converting to a CSV file, you ensure that each line represents a record or row, with fields typically separated by commas, although alternative delimiters such as tabulators can be used. It's important to note that when exporting to CSV, only the data on the current sheet is preserved, and all other elements like formulas and formatting are not retained. For a hassle-free experience, consider using Sourcetable to import your data directly into a spreadsheet. Sign up for Sourcetable today to streamline your data management without the need for manual exports.

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