Export wordpress users to csv using amr users plugin

The “amr users” plugin allows one to create a wide variety of user lists accessing as little or as much of the user data as you like. One can then export these views for further analysis and manipulation.

There are two (and a half?) ways to export users to csv using amr-users

The overview screen where user lists can be managed

‘Public’ lists csv export

  • will generate an actual file that can be downloaded
  • a export icon will appear at the bottom of the list (both front pages and admin pages)
  • the list has been ‘ticked’ as public in the overview screen
  • you may or may not have it available on a front page in a shortcode (just because it is ticked public, does not mean that the general public can access it – it must also be in a shortcode in a page
  • the csv file location is obfuscated (hidden, but accessible)
  • you should use good sense in deciding what data should be made available on that list

Non Public Lists

Admin (non public) csv or txt export users options

  • In  order to protect the user data, non public lists are only written to csv at request time.
  • The ‘file’ is sent generated and sent direct to your browser.  No file is stored on the server.
  • This non-stored file option may have implications for people who have magic quotes enabled on their server.

Non Public csv export as .txt file

  • For people who use excel and have troubles with double quotes in csv.
  • Will export the csv list as a .txt file to force excel to use the text import wizard to allow control over the import options


Exporting a wordpress user list to a csv file and excel

A number of people using the amr-users plugin and who are Excel users, seem to need help when it comes to importing the csv file into excel.  Open Office and Google Docs users seem to be fine.

As far as I can make out, this seems to be because:

  1. their hosts might have magic quotes enabled.  Ask them to disable it!
  2. their default excel csv import settings do not match the csv file settings (comma separated, and all fields double quotes delimited – this is a standard csv usage.)
  3. they do not know how to get to the text import wizard (Office 2007 in particular is non obvious)

CSV Text Import Screen 2

Office 2007

In Office 2007, it seems that the trick is to rename the file to a .txt file, instead of a .csv.  Excel 2007 should then automatically load the text import wizard.  You may find other benefits to, in being able to define how excel should handle the data in each column.

Note:   When Excel opens a .csv file, it uses the current default data format settings to interpret how to import each column of data. If you want more flexibility in converting columns to different data formats, you can use the Import Text Wizard. For example, the format of a data column in the .csv file may be MDY, but Excel’s default data format is YMD, or you want to convert a column of numbers that contains leading zeros to text so you can preserve the leading zeros. To run the Import Text Wizard, you can change the file name extension from .csv to .txt before you open it…

Using the Excel Text Import Wizard:

Get the text import wizard up

  • either opening from the menus (Office 2003 – Click Data → Get External Data) or
  • by renaming file to a .txt (Offfice 2007) and then double clicking on it
  • Choose delimited, Click next
  • Choose Delimiter: comma
  • Choose text qualifier: “, Click next,
  • Other options as you wish
  • Click Finish

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