CSV format unsupported on some Countries

Discussion created by Fred(CH) on Nov 1, 2016
Latest reply on Nov 2, 2016 by Fred(CH)

Product and version

FileMaker Pro 15.0.2 and ALL prior

OS and version

Mac and Windows


Not relevant


FileMaker Pro only support US-like CSV format conversion; However, in some countries as France for insance, the CSV files are generated with the semi-column separator, so the actual CSV conversion feature available on FMP Import, Export and Open command is unusable on these countries.

See also the following wikipedia article (in french) under § "Variante française" :

Comma-separated values — Wikipédia

How to replicate

If you try to create a CSV file form Excel for instance with french localisation settings, you will see that the separator is not comma but semi-column; If you then try to import this file in FileMaker Pro, you will see that the column are not correctly separated.


For the import / Open commands : Open the file with Excel and convert if to txt (tab separated).

For the export command : Open the file with a text editor and replace all the following 3 digit strings "," by a ";" new one.