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  • 1.  Validation list with ODBC and Excel

    Posted 11-29-2023 13:29


    I see in Batch types there is a setting called Validation lists which allows to use Odbc to connect to database. In my case I want to use Excel file.  I use following connection string: 

    Driver={Microsoft Excel Driver (*.xls, *.xlsx, *.xlsm, *.xlsb)};Dbq=C:\Users\JMarkowski\Desktop\test.xlsx;

    When I test connection, it says it's successful, however when I go to document form definition I don't see there any data. 

    Does anyone have experience with using Excel file for creating Validation list and Dynamic list? 

    Jakub Markowski

  • 2.  RE: Validation list with ODBC and Excel

    Posted 12-05-2023 11:56

    I've never used validation lists (not used the BP product for about 6 years) - but have used OLEDB to interface with Excel a number of times.
    The way that I did it that always worked was to use the Data - OLEDB interface object (it is available on the digital exchange) and follow the old OLEDB guide that can be found here:  Blue Prism - Data OLEDB

    If BP have now built OLEDB into the core product I am not sure why,  there was a perfectly easy to use way of doing it with the object and lots of more useful things on the product backlog that have been outstanding for years.

  • 3.  RE: Validation list with ODBC and Excel

    Posted 12-05-2023 15:10

    Hi @Jakub Markowski

    Try changing your connection to string to Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source=+ File_Path +;Extended Properties='Excel 12.0;HDR=YES;' 

    I havent used validation lists in BP before but thats how i would normally connect to an excel file using OLEDB.

    Michael ONeil
    Technical Lead developer

  • 4.  RE: Validation list with ODBC and Excel
    Best Answer

    Posted 12-05-2023 15:12

    Hi All,

    Decipher doesn't currently support the use of OLEDB to connect to an Excel  or csv file.

    The ODBC connector is for connecting to databases only, at this time.


    Ben Lyons
    Senior Product Specialist - Decipher
    SS&C Blue Prism
    UK based

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