How to export or import a recipe as a .csv from a USB


Within this post, we demonstrate how to import and export data within your “Recipe Database” to and from an external storage device in the form of a .csv file.

Software Version:

EasyBuilder Pro

Related Tutorials:

Video - How to upload an HMI project file using a USB or SD Card
Video - How to backup historical data as a csv within EasyBuilder Pro
Video - Recipe Database Basics in EasyBuilder Pro


  1. In the “Data/History” tab go to “Import/Export”:

  2. Select “New” at the bottom of the window. Note that this window is where we will see all existing “Import/Export” objects.

  3. In this window, make sure the “Type” is set to “Recipe Database”, and the correct recipe is selected within the “Recipe” drop-down list. Within this example, we’ll set the “Control Address” to LW-0 and the “File Name Address” to LW-3. Make sure the “Include Folder Path” button has been checked:

  4. Create a “File Browser” object. This object isn’t necessary for file export, but rather a way to display files that have been added to our external storage device:
    Note: This object will also allow you to easily select and import recipe files that exist on a connected USB drive. We discuss this topic here.

  5. Within this example, we’ll configure the Full (folder+file name) address within the “File Browser Object” to LW-3. However, this address should match the “File Name Address” configured within step 3:

  6. Click “Ok” when finished.

  7. Within the “Object” tab click “ASCII”. Within this step, we’ll create an object that will allow you to enter a file name:

  8. Configure the “address” of the ASCII object to LW-3 or the address that was used within step 3. Ensure that this object is configured to display 20 characters or 10 words:
    Note: Within this post, we demonstrate how to modify the character length of an ASCII object.

  9. Next, click on “Set Word” within the “Object” tab:

  10. Configure, the “address” to LW-0 or the address used as the “Control address” in step 3. Set the “Style” to “Object Control Command”. Then, set the “Object Type” to “Import Export - Recipe Database” and the “Command” to “Export”:

  11. Now, you can export a recipe as a .csv file by appending “.csv” to the end of the name you configure during runtime:
    Note: After entering a file name, be sure to hit the “Enter” key.

Importing Recipe

  1. To import a recipe file within your project, you’ll need to add an “Import” control command by creating an additional “Set Word” object within the “Object” tab.

  2. Use the method described within steps 9 - 10 above and ensure that “Set style” is configured to “Object control command”. Then, specify the “Object type” as “Import/Export - Recipe Database” and select the “Import” command.

  3. During runtime, you can import a recipe that you select using the “File Browser” by clicking the “Import” button:


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