Version 1.4.0 released!

M-Files Exporter

Export all your files from M-Files including all meta data.

How does it work?

This video shows how to export documents from an M-Files Vault by using the M-Files Exporter.

Download

Download the unlimited time trial version, install it and try it out yourself.

Buy

If you find it useful, you can buy a license to remove the trial restrictions.

Wizard Screenshots

As an alternative to the video above, the following screenshots show how to export documents from an M-Files Vault using the M-Files Exporter.

Step 1: Specify the connection details

Commandline Screenshots

In addition to the UI Wizard you can also use the command line interface to run the export.

Step 1: Navigate to the MFilesExporterC.exe

FAQ

What exactly is the M-Files Exporter?
A third party Windows Application that allows you to access your M-Files Vault and export your data.
Where can I download it?
You can download the current version here.
What can you do with the M-Files Exporter?
You can export all documents (e.g. Word Documents, Excel Files, Pdfs) from M-Files. In addition to that a Csv File is generated that contains all the meta data information of the exported files.
Is there a command line version?
Yes. Command line support was added as a new feature in Version 1.2.
What are some alternative ways to export data?
You can take a look at this article in which list several different methods of exporting data from an M-Files Vault, including the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.
What are the trial restrictions?
Only 10 files per class are exported.
What are the minimum Hardware requirements?
While the hardware requirements for the application itself are negligible (it's about 10 MByte in size), make sure to have enough hard disk space available for the exported documents.
What are the minimum Software requirements?

M-Files Exporter is a Windows Application based on the .NET Framework 4.8 and uses the M-Files .NET API to talk with an M-Files Server.

  1. .NET Framework 4.8

    Recent versions of Windows (Win10 v1909 and Windows Server 1909) have it preinstalled. For older versions of windows you may need to download and install it explicitly. You can download it from Microsoft at: https://dotnet.microsoft.com/download/dotnet-framework/thank-you/net48-web-installer

  2. M-Files API

    The M-Files API is automatically installed if you install M-Files on your machine.

Which output formats are supported?
The metadata is exported as a Csv-File, as it can be processed in most applications, e.g. Excel. The documents are exported just as they are.
How does the licensing work?
The application starts in a time unlimited trial mode for evaluation purposes. For full functionality a license needs to be bought. When you buy a license, you get an e-Mail with a license key. You can enter that license key inside the application to download a license and unlock the full functionality of the application. This requires an internet connection. Afterwards the license is stored on your machine and you don't need an internet connection to continue using M-Files Exporter. The license is not bound to a particular machine, so you can transfer it freely to other machines.
What if my machine is not connected to the internet?

If the machine is not connected to the internet, you can use this link to generate the license and transfer it to machine. Alternatively, you can also install the application on a machine that is connected to the internet, enter you license key, download the license and transfer it to machine in question.

Additionally, M-Files Exporter has an integrated Update check that looks for updates on startups. If you are not connected to the internet you will not be notified about available updates directly inside the application. You might want to signup for the Mailinglist to receive notifications about available updates.

What do I get when I buy a License?
  • The right to use M-Files Exporter in a commercial setting, eg. your company.
  • A license key, which allows the download of a license that removes the trial restriction of max. 10 exported files per class
  • 1-year of free updates to M-Files Exporter
  • e-Mail support
  • The gratitude of the developer
How can I install M-Files Exporter?
Download the Setup.zip open it and double click the Setup.exe. M-Files Exporter will be silently installed in the background and started afterwards. This might take a couple of seconds, depending on the speed of your machine.
How can I uninstall M-Files Exporter?
As with any other software, open the 'Add or remove programs', search for M-Files Exporter, select it and click 'Uninstall'.
What is a command-line interface?
A command-line interface is a text-based alternative to the default graphical interface. The main advantage over a graphical interface is that all required information, e.g. the server or vault name can be supplied all at once and the export can be performed without any user interaction.
When would I use the command-line interface?
If you find yourself running exports with the same settings over and over again. E.g. if you want to export files every friday.
How can I use the command-line interface?
  • Open a new command-line shell
    e.g. by pressing Win + r and then typing cmdENTER
  • Navigate to the installation folder of the M-Files Exporter and enter the directory of the latest version by executing:
    cd %LOCALAPPDATA%\MFilesExporter\app-1.2.1
    C:\Users\user>cd %LOCALAPPDATA%\MFilesExporter\app-1.2.1
    
    C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\MFilesExporter\app-1.2.1>
  • In this directory you will find two applications:
    1. MFilesExporter.exe is the Wizard GUI Application
    2. MFilesExporterC.exe is the Console Application
    C:\Users\mdk\AppData\Local\MFilesExporter\app-1.2.1>dir *.exe
     Volume in drive C is Windows
     Volume Serial Number is DEAD-BEEF
    
     Directory of C:\Users\mdk\AppData\Local\MFilesExporter\app-1.2.1
    
    19.01.2021  10:23           547 840 MFilesExporter.exe
    19.01.2021  10:23             6 656 MFilesExporterC.exe
                   2 File(s)        554 496 bytes
                   0 Dir(s)  46 554 181 630 bytes free
  • You can start an export for the Sample Vault by using the following command: MFilesExporterC.exe -e -n "Sample Vault"
  • To get a list of all available command-line parameter, executing the help command: MFilesExporterC.exe -h
    C:\users\mdk\AppData\Local\MFilesExporter\app-1.4.0>MFilesExporterC.exe --help
    M-Files Exporter v1.4.0 / 2021-11-28 (https://m-files-exporter.com)
    
    Usage:
      -?, -h, --help             Prints out this help message and exits.
      -e, --export               Starts an commandline Export with the supplied
                                   arguments.
      -w, --wizard               Starts the Gui Wizard (default).
          --export-folder-template=VALUE
                                 Sets the export folder template (default: files\"
                                   ClassName")
      -f, --export-file-folder=VALUE
                                 Sets the base export file folder
          --export-deleted-items Marks deleted items for export
      -u, --username=VALUE       Sets the username for authenticating to the M-
                                   Files Server
      -p, --password=VALUE       Sets the password for authenticating to the M-
                                   Files Server
      -d, --domain=VALUE         Sets the domain for authenticating to the M-Files
                                   Server
      -s, --server=VALUE         Sets the server name
      -g, --vault-guid=VALUE     Specifies the vault by guid
      -n, --vault-name=VALUE     Specifies the vault by name
          --win, --auth-windows  Sets the authentication mode to windows
                                   authentication (default)
          --auth-mfiles          Sets the authentication mode to M-Files
                                   authentication
      -l, --loglevel=VALUE       Sets the minimum log-level. Possible values are:
                                   Verbose, Info, Error, Silent, default: Info
          --enable-cli-logfile   Enables logging to the logfile in addition to
                                   stdout / stderr if used from the commandline.
          --logfile=VALUE        Sets the path of the logfile (default: log.txt)
                                   and implicitly enables writing to the logfile (
                                   see: enable-cli-logfile)
          --search-segmented     Uses the segmented search instead of the all-at-
                                   once search. Slower, but saves memory.
          --search-allatonce     Uses the all-at-once search. Faster, but might run
                                   into memory issues on very large vaults.
          --segment-size=VALUE   Specifies the segment size that is for by the
                                   segmented search. (default: 1000)
    
    ExitCodes:
            0 - Success
            1 - InvalidArguments
            2 - ExportFailed
    
    Examples:
    
    1. Export 'Sample Vault' from localhost using current windows user to default export folder:
            MFilesExporter -e -n "Sample Vault"
    
    2. Export 'Sample Vault' from localhost using M-Files authentication with username and password:
            MFilesExporter -e -n "Sample Vault" --auth-mfiles -u exporter -p password
    
    3. Export 'Sample Vault' from remote server 192.168.56.5:
            MFilesExporter -e -n "Sample Vault" -s 192.168.56.5
    
    4. Export 'Sample Vault' from localhost to custom directory:
            MFilesExporter -e -n "Sample Vault" -f c:\temp\export
    
    5. Export 'Sample Vault' from localhost with all files in same folder:
            MFilesExporter -e -n "Sample Vault" --export-folder-template=files
    
What if my question is not answered here?
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Changelog

v1.4.0

(2021-11-28)
  • 'Select Classes' dialog displays the total predicted count of objects.
  • 'Export' dialog displays ObjectCount, FileCount and EntryCount.
  • Commandline Version outputs ExportFileLimits at start of export.
  • Commandline Version outputs ObjectCount, FileCount and EntryCount after export.

v1.3.0

(2021-11-24)
  • Adds optional Search Type 'Segmented Search', which can be selected in 'Select Classes' dialog or from the commandline and addresses memory issues when exporting from very big vaults.

v1.2.3

(2021-11-02)
  • Adds support for setting Custom Domain when using a Custom Windows Account for authentication.
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