CSV (Comma Separated Values) macro - Cloud

Overview

The CSV (Comma Separated Values) macro can import, format, and display comma-separated values (CSV) data from anywhere, by:

  • Reading the CSV data from either of these sources:
    • Within your Confluence page
    • From a page attachment in the same or different space
  • Allowing customizable delimiters, quote characters, and character encoding.
  • Supporting inclusion of wiki markup macros within the CSV data.
  • Leveraging the same table styling capabilities as the Table Plus macro.

CSV is not a formal standard, but the best reference is The Comma Separated Value (CSV) File Format. The support in this macro comes close to mirroring this pseudo-standard. This macro supports certain common table capabilities with the other macros in this app and also other Bob Swift Atlassian apps.

Basic use

This macro can be added to a page using any of the following methods:

Selected from the macro browserAdvanced Tables - CSV Table
Markup shortcut (Old editor){csv}
Markup shortcut (New editor - case insensitive)/CSV (Comma Separated Values)

Parameters

Macro specific parameters

Macro Editor LabelDefaultDescriptionMacro Parameter
Output formathtml

Specify how the output is formatted. The options are as follows:

  • html - data is entered as standard HTML directly in the macro body.
  • wiki - data in the table rendered using the wiki renderer.
output
Augments to data row values
Enter a comma separated list of augments to the data row values, one for each column. Specify double quotes for values with a comma. See Augments for details.augments
Augments to heading row values
Enter a comma separated list of augments to heading row values, one for each column. See Augments for details.headingAugments
Augments to footing row values
Enter a comma separated list of augments to footing row values, one for each column. See Augments for details.footingAugments
Delimiter that separates columns, (Comma)Enter a delimiter to be used to separate column values when the table is downloaded or exported. The characters that can be used as delimiters are:
  • , or "," (comma) - Default column separator.
  • whitespace - Blanks, tabs, and other white space are used to separate columns.
  • tab - A single tab character is used to separate columns.
  • blanks - Blank or blanks only.
  • pipe - A single pipe (|) character is used to separate columns.
  • other single character delimiter - can be within double quotes with some restrictions. Examples: ";", "=".
delimiter
Show wikifalseEnable this option to show a non-formatted version of the wiki table following the formatted table. This is used to help resolve formatting issues. It can also be used to convert CSV to Confluence markup by cut and paste.showWiki
Escape special characters in wiki markupfalseEnable this option to allow few special characters to be escaped so that the formatting is unaffected. When wiki output is requested (Output format is set to wiki), some special characters (like '|', '[', ']', '{', '}') in data can cause undesirable formatting of the table. By default, data that has wiki markup is  rendered correctly.escape
Location of CSV datamacro body

Specifies the list of options where CSV data is located. The included data follows the body data based on the location selected. The options are:

  • blank - Data is read from the contents in the macro body.
  • ^attachment - Data is read from an attachment that is available on the current page.
  • page^attachment - Data is read from an attachment available on the specified page in the current space.
  • space:page^attachment - Data is read from an attachment available on the specified page in a different space.
location
URL to CSV data
Enter the URL containing the required CSV files that are to be rendered. If specified, the included data follows the body and script data.url
URL user
Enter the user name for URL access via basic authentication.user
URL user password
Enter the password for URL access via basic authentication.password
URL connection timeout (milliseconds)
Enter time in milliseconds such that URL connections do not timeout before getting data. Use this to increase time needed for slow connections. Note that if a zero is given the connection may wait infinitely.timeout
Quote characterdoubleSpecify the character used to represent quoted data. Quoted data may contain delimiters or new lines. Quote character data must be doubled inside a quoted string.
  • double - Double quote character: "
  • single - Single quote character: '
quote
File encodingSystem defaultSpecify the encoding for an external file, if different from the Confluence default (like Windows-1252, UTF-8, MacRoman)Refer to this article for more information. Example: UTF-8.encoding
Ignore trailing blank rowstrueDisable this option to show blank rows. A row is considered blank if all the columns selected by the Columns to show parameter are blank.ignoreTrailingBlankRows
Render wiki markup macros in bodyfalseEnable this option to render wiki markup macros found in the body prior to processing as CSV. This is useful to run macros from apps such as Scripting for Confluence, Run CLI Actions in Confluence, SQL for Confluence, or similar, that can produce CSV output.macros

Common parameters

The parameters listed here are a part of our common table capabilities that are available to many macros that produce or modify tables.
Macro Editor LabelDefaultDescriptionMacro Parameter
Heading rows1

Enter the number of rows that act as heading rows. Heading rows are not included when columns are sorted.

This parameter is not available for the Attachment Table macro.

heading
Footing rows0

Enter the number of rows that act as footing rows. Footing rows are not included when columns are sorted.

This parameter is not available for the Attachment Table macro.

footing
Columns to show

Enter a comma-separated list of column names or numbers in any order. By default, all columns are displayed in their existing order. Note that columns are indexed beginning at "1" and excludes any auto-numbered columns.

This parameter is not available for the Table Plus macro.

columns
Enable column sortingtrueDeselect this option to disable sorting of columns. By default, all columns are sorted automatically based on their column types.enableSorting
Enable row highlighting on mouse overtrueDisable this option to stop row highlighting as the mouse moves over a table row. By default, the row is highlighted as the mouse moves.enableHighlighting
Enable heading attributestrueDisable this option to apply the column attributes only to data rows. By default, any column attributes provided are applied to the all column rows including heading rows. enableHeadingAttributes
Auto number on each rowfalseEnable this option to show an additional column that displays the row number for each row. By default, the table rows are not numbered.autoNumber
Auto total rowfalse

Enable this option to append a row at the end of the table that contain the totals of all numeric columns. 

Specify the relevant numeric types in Column types to render the totals. See Column types for more information.

autoTotal
Allow download and exportfalse

Enable this option to allow download or export of the current table view as a CSV file. When enabled, download and export icons () are displayed to the right of the table. File is downloaded to the user's local file system, or is exported as an attachment to the current page. Note that only those users that have the permission to add attachments to the page are allowed to export tables.

allowExport
Export file delimiter, (Comma)

Enter a single character to be used as a delimiter for the table to be downloaded or exported. By default, a comma (,) is used as the delimiter. Valid only if Allow download and export is enabled. Available since 2.9.0. 

  • Any character can be used as a delimiter for the table contents.
  • If multiple characters are entered in the text box, an error is displayed. Specify a single character in the macro editor to be used as a delimiter to complete the export process.
  • After the export is complete, the file contains the table data interspersed with the specified delimiter.

Display data filterfalse

Enable this option to see filter panel above the table to filter the data. Panel contains a text box to enter the required search criteria and buttons: Filter to proceed with the search, and Clear to clear the box to start a new search. Can use regular expressions. To know more about regular expressions, refer to this article

This parameter is not available for the Attachment Table macro.

displayDataFilter
Sort auto number columnfalse

Select this option to enable the auto number column to be sortable. This retains the original data row count even after row sorting. 

This parameter is not available for the Attachment Table macro.

autoNumberSort
Sort descendingfalseEnable this option to sort in the descending order, to be done automatically, before display. This works only if Auto sort column is specified.sortDescending
Show sort iconfalseEnable this option to include a sort icon in the first heading row for sortable columns. An icon is displayed for the last column sorted indicating the direction in which the column was sorted.sortIcon
Auto sort column
Enter a valid column name or number to automatically sort the table before it is displayed. No automatic sorting is done if this value is not provided or is invalid. A column number is indexed beginning at "1" and excludes any auto-numbered columns.sortColumn
Sort tip on mouse over


Enter the text to be displayed when the mouse is over a sortable column. 

Example: Click to sort or an equivalent translation.

sortTip
Column types
Column types determine how column data can be sorted and displayed. By default, column data is treated as a text string, and thus, can be sorted automatically when a column heading is clicked. CSV macros may automatically generate more precise column types. When the default behavior is less than optimal for your situation, the Column types parameter can be set specifically.

Numeric types are right-aligned, by default. To display the totals of any numeric column(s), you must specify the relevant numeric type for the required columns in Column types, and enable the Auto total row option.

This table describes the behavior of the various types. 

columnTypes
Column calculations
When an auto total parameter is selected, this parameter can be used to customize the calculation or text that is shown on the total row. By default, all numeric fields, as specified by column types, are totaled. By specifying a comma separated list of calculation requests, the behavior can be modified using special values for the corresponding column.
columnCalculations
Row styles

Enter a comma-separated list of styles to be applied to the specified rows. Each style is made up of one or more properties. The first style is applied to all heading rows determined by the Number of heading rows parameter. The remaining styles are applied to the remaining rows in order with repetition as necessary. A style can be reused for subsequent rows by referring to it using a 1-based numeric reference. A column number is indexed beginning at "1" and excludes any auto-numbered columns. 

Row styles are applied to the table row and participate with other CSS properties to determine the look of an element. In particular, some properties can be overridden by table or element styles or classes.

Example: background:lightyellow, background:lightblue

rowStyles
Retain row style order after resortingtrueEnable this option to make the row styles correspond to the order in which the rows are displayed on the screen. If not selected, the original style given to a row is retained regardless of where the row lands after sorting.retainRowStyleOrder
Apply row style to individual cellfalseEnable this option to apply the styles mentioned in Row styles to each cell of the specified row(s). This option is used to override the default Confluence styles and make the user-defined styles persist for the specified table rows. Available since version 2.8.
Column styles

Enter a comma-separated list of styles to be applied to the columns in the specified sequence. Each style is made up of one or more CSS properties (semi-colon separated). If a column is skipped, supply a comma before adding the next columns style. A style can be reused for subsequent columns by referring to it using a 1-based numeric reference. A column number is indexed beginning at "1" and excludes any auto-numbered columns. 

Column styles are applied to the table column and participate with other CSS properties to determine the look of an element. In particular, some properties may be overridden by table, row, or element styles or classes.

Example: background:lightyellow, background:lightblue,1,2,1,2

columnStyles
Apply Column styles to data column cells
Enable this option to apply the styles mentioned in Row styles to each cell of the specified row(s). This option is used to override the default Confluence styles and make the user-defined styles persist for the specified table rows. Available since version 2.8.
Column attributes
Enter a comma-separated list of values used to modify cell HTML attributes for all cells in a column. The position in the comma-separated list corresponds to the column that the values apply to. Each value is a double semi-colon list of attributeName=value pairs to be applied to the column cells. See HTML attributes for more information.columnAttributes
Highlight colorlightgoldenrodyellowEnter a color to highlight when the mouse is over a row element. See Web Colors for instructions on how to specify this.highlightColor
Table idAuto generatedDisplays the table ID that can be referenced for use in other macros (like the Chart macro) or Javascript.id
Table class@default

Specify the table class (CSS) to apply to render tables.

  • @default - Apply the default Confluence table class to rendered tables.
  • @none - Do not apply any style to rendered tables.

Currently, Confluence Cloud does not support the use of custom user-defined styles.

class
Table style

Specify style attributes for the table.

Example: font-style:italic; background:lightblue;.

style
Table width

Enter width for the table border in pixels or as a percentage (%). It is recommended to use Table style instead. 

This parameter is not available for the Attachment Table macro.

width
Table border width

Enter width for the table border in pixels. Set Table class to blank if the width specified here is to be applied to the table. It is recommended to use Table style instead. 

This parameter is not available for the Attachment Table macro.

border

Examples

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