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How do I export datagridview to csv with powershell?

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Hi all,

I'm writing an app using powershell studio, one of the functions grabs a list of user accts from AD, and populates a datagridview, the user can than modify the data in that dgv. I'm having a very rough time figuring out how to write the dgv out to a csv file once the changes a re made.  Any help would be very much appreciated.

Thanks.
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Looks like neither SAPIEN nor Microsoft delivers something ready to use for that purpose, and so you will have to build the CSV manually.
The following code is based on http://coastalcoder.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/export-datagridview-to-csv-file-with-c/ with some improvements:
function export-DGV2CSV ([Windows.Forms.DataGridView] $grid, [String] $File)
{
  if ($grid.RowCount -eq 0) { return } # nothing to do
  
  $row = New-Object Windows.Forms.DataGridViewRow
  $sw  = new-object System.IO.StreamWriter($File)
        
  # write header line
  $sw.WriteLine( ($grid.Columns | % { $_.HeaderText } ) -join ',' )

  # dump values
  $grid.Rows | % {
    $sw.WriteLine(
      ($_.Cells | % { $_.Value }) -join ','
      )
    }
  $sw.Close()
}

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I have not been able to test that code with real data, as building a valid GridView is tedious without some GUI tools, but it should work in general. At least as long as you do not have commas, newline and such, which require some more work if present.
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You sir, are a gentleman and a scholar.  much easier than what I was trying to do!
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That's the "beauty" of PowerShell - being able to "stream" objects makes it much easier to iterate thru collections than in VB or C#.
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I was directed to this bit o code, it works a treat, even eliminating comma issues..

$datagridview1.Rows |
     select -expand DataBoundItem |
     export-csv test.csv -NoType

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thanks to jvierra at Sapien for that snippet!
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Thanks for posting that!
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