Is it possible to export all our your Citavi project data?

lukdeer shared this question 20 months ago

Say I wanted to export all of my Citavi project data for use in another file format. I might want to analyse the data in another program or say, the Citavi team/ server/company was wiped out by a meteor and I wanted to be able to export and use my Citavi project data? To be clear, I mean not only references, which can already be exported, but everything, including topics, categories, ideas, project outline etc. Is this possible and if so what format does it export to? A related question is what file format is Citavi data stored/saved in?

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Excellent, thanks for detailed reply Sebastian.



This question appears as "answered", but I has only one comment, lukdeer's, thanking "Sebastian" for a detailed reply, which is nowhere to be found. Was it deleted? Could it be provided again, please?



for some reason the original answer seems to have vanished from our forum. We'll investigate what has happened here.

You can always create an archive copy (File > This project > Archive project). This will create a file with the file extension ctv6archive. This is a simple ZIP file containing all attachments and can be extracted with any ZIP tool or Windows itself.

The folder you get after the extraction, contains the project database with the file extension .ctv6. This file is a database in SQLite format that can be analyzed with all available SQLite viewers or the sqlite database program directly.

If you choose to open this ctv6 file with Citavi, you'll see a local project. For this project, you can create a backup (File > This project > Create backup) that is saved in the backup folder specified under Tools > Options > Folders. This file has the file extension ctv6bak and again is a ZIP file.

Once extracted, you again get a file with the extension ctv6, but this time it's not a local project. You can open this file with a text editor. It's an XML dump of the complete database content that could be used for further analysis.

Best regards