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How to convert to CSV with UTF-8 encoding using LO5 command line? [closed]

asked 2018-02-02 19:05:09 +0200

Libre0fficer gravatar image

updated 2020-07-12 19:17:09 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

When I try

soffice --headless --convert-to csv myfile.xlsx

the resulting file has no UTF-8 encoding.

I found out that I have to use the output filter "Text - txt - csv (StarCalc)" followed by a list of parameters, like so:

soffice --headless --convert-to csv:"Text - txt - csv (StarCalc)":<listofparameters>

The Problem is none of the solutions I found worked for me. I always get the error message:

Error: Please verify input parameters... (SfxBaseModel::impl_store <file:///path/to/myfile.csv> failed: 0x81a)

I noticed that the solutions I found refered to LO4. So maybe the input format has changed? Unfortunately, I can't find any documentation on that.

My LibreOffice version is

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Closed for the following reason the question is answered, right answer was accepted by erAck
close date 2018-02-05 16:30:24.759293


And what did you specify for <listofparameters>?

erAck gravatar imageerAck ( 2018-02-02 21:47:33 +0200 )edit

I found examples with 3, 5, 7 or 9 paramters, mostly from other questions on E.g "59,34,0" or "59,34,76,,,,true" or "59,34,0,0,1". The odd thing is, they all work now. I'm not sure what has changed. I tried to make it work like 2h and double and triple checked the syntax. Still seems like i had a typo and was to blind to see it. At least I have no better explanation..

Libre0fficer gravatar imageLibre0fficer ( 2018-02-05 16:10:29 +0200 )edit

If the third argument is 0 it means "use system character encoding" (or actually the process' default encoding) which is UTF-8 if your system uses UTF-8 but something different if not.

erAck gravatar imageerAck ( 2018-02-05 16:28:27 +0200 )edit

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answered 2018-02-02 22:12:17 +0200

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soffice --headless --convert-to csv:"Text - txt - csv (StarCalc)":44,34,76 myfile.xlsx

where 76 is the number of the UTF-8 encoding (and 44 the comma and 34 the double quote character ASCII value). For details of the filter options see

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This works, thank you very much!

Libre0fficer gravatar imageLibre0fficer ( 2018-02-05 16:12:47 +0200 )edit

great answer, thx.

moffice gravatar imagemoffice ( 2020-08-21 12:45:05 +0200 )edit

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