Load Entities (Excel File) XLSX

Audience: Citizen Developer
Skill Prerequisites: Using Form Builder

This action creates an entity list in the current context from the content of a provided XLSX file. 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 an Excel file provided by a user in a File Upload form field and then use Execute Actions on Entity List to run the same actions on each item in the uploaded file.
  • Use in Automation to Load values from an Excel file already on the server and then use Execute Actions on Entity List to run the same actions on each item in the file.

Don't use it to

  • Take actions on the provided Excel file such as renaming it. Use File Management actions instead.
  • Serialize data to create an Excel file. Use the Serialize to Excel from entity list XLSX 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
File PathPath to the Excel (XLSX) file. If using on a form and one or more Single File Upload fields are available, they will be listed in the dropdown. The file uploaded to that field will be used to create the entity. It's recommended that the field be restricted to XLSX file type only if being used in this way. If not using a File Upload field, use the expressions (EXPR button) option to specify a token representing a RelativeUrl, AbsoluteUrl, LinkClickUrl, or PhysicalPath.Yesempty stringYes
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
Include All FieldsSelect this option to include all columns in the provided Excel file.NofalseNo
Use first row as column namesUse the first row of the Excel file 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
PropertiesMap columns from the Excel file to properties of the entity.YesNone SpecifiedNo
Sheet NameName of the sheet in the Excel file to use.Yesempty stringYes
Start RowSpecify the first row to be included in the entity. If left empty, the entity will be created starting with the first row of the sheet.Yesempty stringNo
End RowSpecify the last row to be included in the entity. If left empty the entity will include the last row.Yesempty stringNo
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