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    Welcome to our comprehensive guide on how to export NetSuite to a CSV file. With the dynamic business environment demanding more flexible ways to review and analyze data, exporting NetSuite data into CSV format has become invaluable. Whether you're looking to fine-tune your reporting process, integrate with other software like Excel, Word, or Tableau, or overcome the common challenges associated with managing CSVs, this landing page will serve as your educational hub. Here, we'll dive into what NetSuite is, detail the steps for exporting data to a CSV file, explore various use cases for such exports, introduce Sourcetable as an alternative solution for managing CSV exports from NetSuite, and address frequently asked questions about the export process.

    What is NetSuite?

    NetSuite is a cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software tool designed to integrate and streamline key business processes. As a software tool, it is comprehensive and includes modules for ERP/Financials, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and ecommerce. With over 37,000 customers utilizing its services, NetSuite has established itself as a widely-used solution for businesses looking to manage their operations in a unified system.

    As a type of service, NetSuite's offerings extend beyond just software. It provides a range of services including implementation, training, and support to ensure the successful adoption and use of its software by its customers. This customer-centric approach is a testament to NetSuite Services' dedication to the success and satisfaction of its user base.

    In terms of data handling, NetSuite uses Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) messages and XML Schema to facilitate data interchange. It supports various XML Schema data types such as string, int, double, boolean, and dateTime. The boolean data type in NetSuite is particularly flexible, accepting true or false, as well as 1 or 0, to represent boolean values, and adheres to the true XML Schema boolean value specifications set by the W3C. Notably, in NetSuite API endpoints earlier than version 2010.2, invalid boolean values are automatically set to false.

    Exporting Data from NetSuite to CSV

    Using the Full CSV Export Option

    The Full CSV Export option in NetSuite allows users to export a wide range of data types into CSV files. However, it is important to note that this option does not export all data within NetSuite. The data types that can be exported include Accounting Lists, Classes, Contacts, Customers, Departments, Employees, Expense Categories, Items, Memorized Transactions, Notes, Other Names, Partners, Saved Reports (that you own), Ship Items, Solutions, Tasks, Topics, and the Transaction Detail Report.

    Employing the CSV Export Function

    Users with the Administrator role can utilize the CSV Export function to export smaller data sets from NetSuite. This function is particularly useful for running saved searches and saving the results as CSV files. To prevent export failures, ensure that the saved searches are functioning correctly before attempting to export the data.

    Addressing Long Numeric Sequences in Excel

    When opening CSV files in Excel, users should be aware that long numeric sequences may be treated as numbers, which can result in a loss of precision or information due to truncation of digits beyond the 15th position. Excel's "General" format can apply heuristics that recognize text within apostrophes or double quotes as numbers. To preserve the text format of such sequences, it is recommended to use the Text Import Wizard in Excel when importing CSV data.

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    Optimize Your Workflow with Sourcetable for NetSuite Data Management

    Integrating NetSuite with Sourcetable transforms the way businesses manage and interact with their data. Unlike the traditional method of exporting data to a CSV file and then importing it into a spreadsheet, Sourcetable syncs directly with your live NetSuite data. This direct integration means that your data is always up to date, providing real-time insights and eliminating the manual process of data transfer.

    Sourcetable's seamless connection not only saves you valuable time but also reduces the risk of errors associated with manual exports and imports. With its user-friendly spreadsheet interface, you can query and analyze your NetSuite data with ease. This makes Sourcetable an exceptional tool for automation and enhancing your business intelligence capabilities. By choosing Sourcetable, you empower your team with the efficiency and accuracy needed to make informed decisions swiftly.

    Common Use Cases

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      Exporting accounting data for external financial analysis
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      Backing up key records such as contacts and transactions
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      Transferring customer and vendor lists to another business application
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      Generating reports for internal audits or compliance reviews
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      Migrating data during a system upgrade or integration with other software

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Why doesn't the Full CSV Export option export all my NetSuite data?

    The Full CSV Export option in NetSuite is designed to export specific lists and record types, but it does not currently support the export of all data types.

    What types of data can I export using the Full CSV Export option in NetSuite?

    You can export data from lists such as Accounting Lists, Classes, Contacts, Customers, Departments, Employees, Expense Categories, Items, Memorized Transactions, Notes, Other Names, Partners, Ship Items, Solutions, Tasks, Topics, Transaction Detail Report, and Vendors.

    Can any user perform a CSV export in NetSuite?

    No, only users with the Administrator role are allowed to use the CSV Export function in NetSuite.

    What happens if there's too much data to export at once?

    If you attempt to export too much data at once, the Full CSV Export option may time out. To avoid this, you can export smaller sets of data by opening the specific list or report and clicking the Export - CSV button.

    What should I do if my CSV export fails in NetSuite?

    If your export fails, it could be due to a saved search failure. Check your saved searches for any issues and try exporting again. If the dataset is too large, consider exporting smaller subsets of data.


    Exporting data from NetSuite to CSV is a straightforward process that can be accomplished by navigating to Setup > Import/Export > Export and selecting the Full CSV Export option. This functionality allows you to export a wide range of data including accounting lists, contacts, customers, and more, directly into a CSV file. To ensure precision for long numeric sequences, consider using Excel's Text Import Wizard or alternative software like LibreOffice. If you encounter any timeouts, you can export smaller data sets directly from the list or report pages. However, for a more seamless integration, consider using Sourcetable to import your data directly into a spreadsheet. Sign up for Sourcetable to get started and streamline your data management today.

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