I’m excited to announce the public beta launch of our overhauled CSV import system (the one in the “Data” tab). This improvement should allow importing much, much larger files than before, and the majority of work is done on the server, meaning you don’t have to leave the tab open while the upload happens!
The upload flow is similar to the old upload flow: select the data type, select the file, and map your fields. Validating data is now much faster; however, it no longer validates the entire file, only the first couple of rows, to make sure the file appears correct. Then, when you hit upload, the process will first upload your file to our servers, and then we will analyze it in the background. Once this happens, you are free to close the page, and you will receive an email when the upload completes. If the upload happens to fail (for instance, if your file is missing a quote on row 900), you will get an email telling you exactly what row the upload failed on.
Here are some things of note with the new system
- You can only have one upload going on at the same time per application. This includes “Modify data via CSV” as well, as those go through the same system.
- Any upload consumes your own server capacity, so you may see a small bump while the upload is in progress.
- If an upload fails on, say, row 900, then rows 1-899 will be successfully uploaded (you can verify by checking in the data tab). So, when you fix the issue, delete the earlier rows from your file so they are not double-uploaded.
- These changes only apply to uploads in the Data tab, not the workflow action.
Please try it out, and let us know of any feedback! Thanks to all of our Alpha testers for testing this feature out. If you encounter a bug, please file a bug report.