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    Connecting to CSV

    This article illustrates how to build a report based on a CSV data source.

    In Flexmonster, you can:

    • Load CSV data from the local file system (see Connect > To local CSV in the Toolbar).
    • Refer to a remote CSV file.
    • Add data generated by a server-side script.

    To load big CSV files (more than 100 MB), we recommend using Flexmonster Data Server. This server-side tool was designed to handle large datasets. Learn more here: Connecting to CSV using Flexmonster Data Server.

    This guide contains the following sections:

    Connect to a sample CSV file

    Complete the following steps to use CSV data as a data source in the pivot table embedded in your project:

    1. If Flexmonster is not yet embedded, set up an empty component in your webpage:

      In pure JavaScript

      Complete the Quick start guide. Your code should look similar to the following example:

      let pivot = new Flexmonster({
          container: "pivotContainer",
          toolbar: true

      In Angular

      Complete the Integration with Angular guide. Your code should look similar to the following example:


      In React

      Complete the Integration with React guide. Your code should look similar to the following example:


      In Vue

      Complete the Integration with Vue guide. Your code should look similar to the following example:


    2. For this example, we will use the data.csv file from our CDN. It has the following structure:
      Category,Size,Color,Destination,Business Type,Country,Price,Quantity,Discount
      Accessories,262 oz,red,Australia,Specialty Bike Shop,Australia,174,225,23
      Accessories,214 oz,yellow,Canada,Specialty Bike Shop,Canada,502,90,17
      Accessories,147 oz,white,France,Specialty Bike Shop,France,242,855,37
      Accessories,112 oz,yellow,Germany,Specialty Bike Shop,Germany,102,897,42
    3. Add the dataSource.filename property to the ReportObject:
      var pivot = new Flexmonster({
      container: "pivotContainer",
      toolbar: true,
      report: {
      dataSource: {
      filename: "https://cdn.flexmonster.com/data/data.csv"
      If CSV fields in your file are separated by anything other than , or ;, specify the dataSource.fieldSeparator property.
    4. Define a slice – fields that go to rows, go to columns and go to measures:
      var pivot = new Flexmonster({
      container: "pivotContainer",
      toolbar: true,
      report: {
      dataSource: {
      filename: "https://cdn.flexmonster.com/data/data.csv"
      slice: {
      rows: [
      { uniqueName: "Color" },
      { uniqueName: "[Measures]" }
      columns: [
      { uniqueName: "Country" }
      measures: [
      { uniqueName: "Price", aggregation: "sum" }

    5. Now launch the page from a browser — there you go! A pivot table based on CSV data is embedded into your project. Open this example on JSFiddle.

    Now you know how to build a report based on our sample CSV. The next step for you is to visualize your CSV data.

    Supported CSV format

    Flexmonster supports a standard CSV format. According to this format, your CSV files should be structured like this:

    • The first record in the file contains field names.
    • Each record is located on a separate line.
    • Fields in records are separated by the same character: comma, semicolon, etc.
      To specify which character separates fields in your CSV file, use the dataSource.fieldSeparator property.
    • Fields may be enclosed in double quotes if needed.
    • Fields containing line breaks or field separators (e.g., commas) should be enclosed in double quotes.
      Note: if your CSV file has fields with line breaks, set the dataSource.ignoreQuotedLineBreaks property to false.
    • A double quote inside a field should be escaped using another double quote. For instance, Field "2" should be specified as Field ""2"" in CSV.

    Here is an example of a valid CSV file:


    Supported input date formats

    Flexmonster supports the following input date formats:

    1. ISO 8601. For example:
      • "2021-04-25" – Date.
      • "2021-04-25T21:30:05" – Date and time.
      • "2021-04-25T21:30:05+03:00" – Date and time with a time zone.
    2. Unix timestamp in milliseconds. For example, "2021-04-25" is 1619298000000 when converted to a Unix timestamp in milliseconds.
      Note It is important to assign the date type to the Unix timestamp field explicitly. Otherwise, the component will treat this field as a numeric one.

    Other formats aren’t officially supported and may have unexpected results.

    Display non-English characters correctly

    If you use an alphabet with special characters you must use UTF-8 encoding. There are two ways to do this:

    1. Specify the encoding for your HTML page to UTF-8 using the content-type HTTP header or the corresponding meta tag:
      <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"/>

      Content from a database and static CSV files also must be encoded as UTF-8.

    2. If you are not able to change the content of your HTML file, you can embed Flexmonster Pivot in a separate JS file with specified UTF-8 encoding.
      <script src="yourfile.js" charset="UTF-8"></script>

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