Posts Tagged ‘Export using CSDT Command Line Tool in Oracle WebCenter Sites’

We have seen the introduction of the CSDT Command Line Tools provided by Oracle WebCenter Sites / Fatwire in my last article here.


Before seeing how to use the csdt command line tools, we should know what is meant by export first.

Export: As the name itself is suggesting, it is the process of getting the assets from the content server. Here, assets means any thing inside the Content Server, right from start menus to templates. Everything. So we can export everything using this process.

What is the use of this export?

As said above, what is your main motto? To Export and to import the assets from one server instance to another server instance. So, to move the assets from one instance to the other we need the exported data (assets). That is what we are going to do here.

Ok..How to use it?

Lets come to the point of how to use the export process using CSDT command line tools.

The syntax of csdt command line is as follows.

java com.fatwire.csdt.client.main.CSDT [ContentServer url]  username= username password= password cmd=export|import|listcs|listds [options]

This is generic, and the syntax is same for both export and import, except you need to change a few parameters.

So, what are the parameters?

1. SERVER_INFO=http://:ContentServer    –   This is the server from where the assets need to be exported.

2. USER_NAME=fwadmin (or any other user name)

3. PASSWORD=xceladmin (or any other user’s password)

4. CLASSPATH= Path to the  csdt-client- and lib folders present inside the csdt-client folder. For example:

If you have placed your csdt-client folder inside the Content server installation directory, then the class path should be:



This backup folder will be created under /export/envision/

Finally to execute the export process , make sure that your content server is running, and run the below command.

java -classpath $CLASSPATH com.fatwire.csdt.client.main.CSDT $SERVER_INFO username=$USER_NAME password=$PASSWORD resources=CSElement:1326492057112 cmd=export datastore=$CSDT_EXPORT_FOLDER

The above command exports the CSElement  which has the id 1326492057112, to the directory said above called CSDT_Backup_files.

How do I export other resources?

Below are the different resources which can be specified in the export script.

– @SITE – Specify the desired sites
– @ROLE – Specify the desired roles
– @ASSET_TYPE – Specify the desired asset types
– @TREETAB – Specify the desired tree tabs
– @STARTMENU – Specify the desired start menu items
– @ELEMENTCATALOG – Specify the desired ElementCatalog entries
– @SITECATALOG – Specify the desired site catalog entries
– @ALL_NONASSETS – Use this short-hand notation to select all non-asset resources
– @ALL_ASSETS – Use this short-hand notation to select all available assets
– asset type – Specify assets of a certain type.

In the next post, we will see how to Import the assets using CSDT command line tools.