Load Entities (CSV)

Audience: Citizen Developer
Skill Prerequisites: Using Form Builder

This action creates an entity list in the current context from a CSV list loaded in context. This could be from a form field, or other actions such as Inject Data. You can find the number of loaded entities in the [<EntityName>:Count] token.


This creates an entity that can be used ONLY in the current context. This does not create a Plant an App Entity.

Typical Use Cases

  • Load values from a CSV list provided by a user in a Large Text form field and then use Execute Actions on Entity List to run the same actions on each item in the list.
  • Use in Automation to Load values from a CSV list passed in a token and then use Execute Actions on Entity List to run the same actions on each item in the list.

Don't use it to

  • Serialize data to create a CSV file. Use the Serialize to CSV action instead.

Related Actions

Action NameDescription
Execute Actions on Entity ListExecute a list of actions on each item in the specified context entity. Use this to process the items loaded in the Entity created.
Extend EntityExtends an entity with new properties.

Input Parameter Reference

The parameters unique to this action are listed below. Review the common parameters for all actions here.

ParameterDescriptionSupports TokensDefaultRequired
CSVA CSV list that will be used to create the entity. If using on a form this could be a field token for a large text field or a list of tokens separated by the selected delimiter below.Yesempty stringYes
Field SeparatorThe delimiter value used in the provided list. Left unselected, this will default to comma. You can use the expression setting (EXPR button) to dynamically pass a delimiter to the action. When using a token, it's value must be either the punctuation mark (i.e. ';') or the noun that describes that punctuation mark (i.e. 'semicolon') and be one of the options listed in the dropdown (comma, semicolon, tab, pipe, colon). Tab must be passed as 'tab'.NocommaNo
Entity NameProvide a name for the entity being created. This name can be used in the Execute Actions on Entity List action to reference the items in the entity using [EntityName:PropertyName] token syntax.Yesempty stringYes
Use first row as column namesUse the first row of the CSV list as column names. If this option is not checked the entity will be assigned 0 based index column names as Field + Index. e.g., Field0, Field1, Field2, etc.NofalseNo
On ErrorSpecify a list of actions to run on error. Otherwise, an error message is returned which will contain the underlying error if debug mode is on.YesNone SpecifiedNo
Last updated on by Patrick Anderson