Exporting a table#

If you want to export a table to another spreadsheet or database, one option is to export that table in CSV format, a common interchange format for data. To do this, open your document to the desired table. Then click the sharing icon () on the top right of the screen. It opens the menu with sharing and export options. Select “Export CSV”.


Your browser will then download a CSV file containing a header row naming your columns, excluding any hidden columns, followed by all the rows of data in the table in text format.

When on a page with multiple page widgets, “Export CSV” will export only the data in the currently-selected widget.

Backing up an entire document#

Grist makes regular backups of documents automatically, as described in Automatic Backups. You can also make manual backups by saving copies of documents in your Grist account.

In addition, Grist documents can be downloaded in their entirety as an SQLite database file with a .grist extension. SQLite is a popular database format. The downloaded file will contain all your tabular data, any attached files within those tables, metadata about your tables, pages, and widgets, and a history of recent modifications of the document. It will not contain information about who the document is shared with.

To download a Grist document, click the sharing icon () on the top right of the screen, and select “Download”.


Restoring from backup#

A downloaded .grist file can be uploaded again to provide an exact copy of the original. To upload the file, open the team or personal site where you want to place it, and optionally select also a workspace. Then click on “Add New” in the top left, and select “Import document”.


You may also import CSV and Excel files as new Grist documents this way.