I am using Data loader using command line interface(CLI) to export salesforce data in my local system. Also using Windows scheduler to schedule this task on daily basis.

<!DOCTYPE beans PUBLIC "-//SPRING//DTD BEAN//EN" "http://www.springframework.org/dtd/spring-beans.dtd">
    <bean id="Account" class="com.salesforce.dataloader.process.ProcessRunner" singleton="false">
        <description>Import Account Data.</description>
        <property name="name" value="Account" />
        <property name="configOverrideMap">
                <entry key="sfdc.debugMessages" value="true"/>
                <entry key="sfdc.debugMessagesFile" value="C:\Users\Ravikant Maurya\Desktop\Key1.og"/>
                <entry key="sfdc.endpoint" value="https://login.salesforce.com"/>
                <entry key="sfdc.Server host" value="https://www.salesforce.com"/>

                <entry key="sfdc.username" value="*****************"/>
                <!-- password below has been encrypted using key file, therefore it will not work without the key setting: process.encryptionKeyFile
                the password is not a valid encrypted value, please generate the real value using encrypt.bat utility -->
                <entry key="sfdc.password" value="******************"/>
                <entry key="process.encryptionKeyFile" value="C:\User\Desktop\Key.txt"/>
                <entry key="sfdc.timeoutSecs" value="600"/>
                <entry key="sfdc.useBulkApi" value="true"/>
                <entry key="sfdc.loadBatchSize" value="500"/>
                <entry key="sfdc.externalIdField" value="id"/>
                <entry key="sfdc.entity" value="Account"/>
                <entry key="sfdc.extractionRequestSize" value="10000"/>
                <entry key="sfdc.extractionSOQL" value="Select Id, Name, Phone, AccountNumber FROM Account"/>
                <entry key="process.operation" value="extract"/>
                <entry key="process.mappingFile" value="C:\Program Files (x86)\salesforce.com\Data Loader\samples\conf\accountMasterMap.sdl"/>
                <entry key="dataAccess.name" value="C:\Users\Desktop\CSV\CLI\Account.csv"/>
                <entry key="dataAccess.type" value="csvWrite"/>
                <entry key="process.initialLastRunDate" value="2005-12-01T00:00:00.000-0800"/>

It's working fine and account record is exported in Account.csv file specify by dataAccess.name tag.

My problem is when next day task is running it's override the previous record Account.csv, but i want to create a new record file every day.

I think i have to make dataAccess.name dynamic for each day but i don't know how to do this, if you have any solution to achieve this it will be appreciated.


According to the SETTING UP DATA LOADER 9.0 FOR AUTO PROCESSES cheatsheet there is an entry key that will help here:


<entry key="dataAccess.name" value="C:\Program Files\salesforce.com\Apex Data Loader 9.0\test\ extract.csv" />


Signifies the location and file name of the dataaccess type process.
If running a csvRead, the process will look for the file in this location.
If running a csvWrite, the process will replace the file in this location.

There is an example of this in the dataloader source code.

<bean id="extractAccountCsvProcess"
  <description>extractAccountCsv job gets account info from salesforce and saves info into a CSV file."</description>
    <property name="name" value="extractAccountCsvProcess"/>
    <property name="configOverrideMap">
            <entry key="sfdc.extractionSOQL" value="Select Id, Name, Type, Phone, AccountNumber__c, Website, AnnualRevenue, 
                LastModifiedDate, Oracle_Id__c, CustomDateTime__c FROM Account where AccountNumber__c like 'ACCT%'" />
            <entry key="process.outputSuccess" value="@TEST_FILE_DIR@/status/extractAccountCsvSuccess.csv"/>
            <entry key="process.outputError" value="@TEST_FILE_DIR@/status/extractAccountCsvError.csv"/>
            <entry key="sfdc.debugMessagesFile" value="@TEST_FILE_DIR@/status/extractAccountCsvSoapTrace.log"/>
            <entry key="process.operation" value="extract"/>
            <!-- <entry key="process.mappingFile" value="@TEST_FILE_DIR@/data/extractAccountCsvMap.sdl"/> -->
            <entry key="dataAccess.type" value="csvWrite"/>
            <entry key="dataAccess.name" value="@TEST_FILE_DIR@/data/extractAccountCsv.csv"/>

You then need a mechanism to automate replacing the dataAccess.name entry. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be possible to simply provide a value as a parameter at the command line - Apex Data Loader PropertyPlaceholderConfigurer/Dynamic Property Replacement

Instead you will need to use an additional process to modify the static process-conf.xml file with the required file name.

There are examples in:

In both cases, ANT is used to replace tokens in a template with the desired file name to create the static file that the batch job is then run against.

You could probably also achieve something similar without using ANT. See How can you find and replace text in a file using the Windows command-line environment?

Another option would be to make the output file name unique after the data loader CLI operation has completed. I.e. After the export completes, if a file exists with the name Account.csv, rename it to something unique using the current date.


if exist Account.csv ren Account.csv Account_%time:~0,2%%time:~3,2%-%DATE:/=%.csv
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  • Thanks Daniel , I am not able to append current date in Account.csv. Can you give me example how to do this? – RaviKant Jun 13 '16 at 9:01
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    @RaviKant It doesn't appear to be possible to parameterize the output file name from the command line. You will need to modify the process-conf.xml dynamically before performing the export or modify the expected output file after the export has occured. – Daniel Ballinger Jun 13 '16 at 9:34
  • Thanks Daniel , I think I need to write a batch file to rename the file after the export has occurred. – RaviKant Jun 13 '16 at 10:49
  • @RaviKant Yes, that could be one of the simpler solutions. I've put a sample command to rename the CSV file at the end of the answer. – Daniel Ballinger Jun 13 '16 at 20:14

I had the exact requirement and found a snippet of dos batch command that will set a numeric variable to the day of the week. In my case I made 7 directories: c:\dataloader\backup\1 c:\dataloader\2 ... c:\dataloader\backup\7

And my batch file:

for /f %%a in ('wmic path win32_localtime get dayofweek /format:list ^| findstr "="') do (set %%a)
call process.bat c:\dataloader\samples\conf csvAccountExtractProcess
call process.bat c:\dataloader\samples\conf csvOppExtractProcess
call process.bat c:\dataloader\samples\conf csvAddressExtractProcess
copy c:\dataloader\backup\*.csv c:\dataloader\backup\%DayOfWeek% /Y /V

The batch exports the data into the backup directory and then copies and overwrites the files in each day of week directory.

In Windows scheduler I execute the batch from the bin directory - "C:\Program Files (x86)\salesforce.com\Data Loader\bin\sf-datax.cmd", and in the settings the scheduler starts the program from "C:\Program Files (x86)\salesforce.com\Data Loader\bin\".

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  • When I did this the file renamed to "2" ... – compski Feb 4 at 9:20

Data loader properties can be set dynamically in the command line.

From https://github.com/forcedotcom/dataloader README

The command-line version runs with whatever properties you have in your config.properties file, but you can also pass paramters at runtime as arguments to the program.

For example, the following command sets the operation to insert regardless of what settings are contained in the config.properties file:

java -cp target/dataloader-xx.0-uber.jar -Dsalesforce.config.dir=CONFIG_DIR com.salesforce.dataloader.process.ProcessRunner process.operation=insert

I would recommend extending (or creating another) process.bat file to support these parameters, instead of hard-coding it in process.bat. To do so, open process.bat and find this line

"%JAVA_HOME%\bin\java" -cp ..\dataloader-42.0.0-uber.jar -Dsalesforce.config.dir=%1 com.salesforce.dataloader.process.ProcessRunner %PROCESS_OPTION%

and add %3% at the end like this

"%JAVA_HOME%\bin\java" -cp ..\dataloader-42.0.0-uber.jar -Dsalesforce.config.dir=%1 com.salesforce.dataloader.process.ProcessRunner %PROCESS_OPTION% %3%

Then when running process.bat add the parameter(s) in quotes

cd "C:\Program Files (x86)\salesforce.com\Data Loader\bin\"
process.bat ../myconfigdir AccountExport "dataAccess.name=C:\OutputDir\output %mydate%_%mytime%.csv"
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As per the SFDC documentation, you can set the parameters in the file at the run time. Please have a look at the documentation snip: enter image description here

So, as process.operation=insert can be set at runtime, we can also set dataAccess.name. I have never used CLI so I am not sure if it works. Please let me know if it works. :)

Thanks, Shailesh

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