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    Send form as csv/txt/xlsx attachment?

    Asked by aorner on May 03, 2017 at 10:23 AM


    I know that I can have a form sent as a pdf attachment to an email address, but can I change to a  csv/txt/xlsx attachment? 

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    Answered by Nik_C on May 03, 2017 at 11:52 AM

    If you meant to convert your form to CSV/TXT/XLXS and send as an attachment, I'm afraid that it is not possible.

    You can only create it as PDF.

    I'm not sure how you would like to have your form working even if it is in TXT/CSV/XLXS?

    If you can shed some light on it, please?

    Thank you!

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    Answered by   on May 03, 2017 at 11:58 AM

    Hi Nik-

    I'm am running a script to parse the attachment to load into a database, but parser works best with basically any file format except pdf. While it is possible to introduce a pdf converter into my script, I'd prefer if the jotform that was emailed was it a parser-friendly format to begin with (ideally xlsx, csv, txt). I'm surprised that PDF is the default attachment format, and I'm sure I'm not the first one to raise this question. Thanks for your help!

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    Answered by Nik_C on May 03, 2017 at 01:43 PM

    Honestly, I didn't encounter such request so far since I don't see how our form would work from Excel or Text editor. Of maybe we have a misunderstanding her since you're mentioning parser and database, I assume you're actually referring to form results?

    If that's the case, you could use CSV, Excel, HTML or RSS listing that you can parse with XML parser. 

    You can find more information here: https://www.jotform.com/help/326-How-To-Create-Form-Reports-in-JotForm

    I'm sorry if I'm mistaken here.

    Please let us know your thoughts.