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Connecting Bold BI to Files (JSON, XML, CSV) data source

The Bold BI dashboard designer supports connecting to JSON, XML and CSV files.

Choose Files (JSON, XML, CSV) data source

To configure the Files data source, follow the below steps:

  1. Click on the Data Sources button in the configuration panel to add a new data connection.

    Data source icon

  2. Click CREATE NEW to launch a new connection from the connection panel.

  3. Select a data source file type from the connection panel.

    Choose data source

NOTE: You can also create a data source from the home page by clicking on the Data Sources menu on the left menu panel and selecting Create Data Source from the data sources page.

Choose data source from server

Create Files (JSON, XML, CSV) data source

Once you click on the data source, the NEW DATA SOURCE configuration panel will open. Follow the steps below to create the data source.

  1. Enter a name and description (optional) for the data source.
  2. Upload a file based on selected file type data source.

NOTE: You can preview data with a file size less than or equal to 200 megabytes.

You can also edit the connection information set here using the Edit Connection option.

Additional information


You can also upload .txt or .tsv files in this data source. Use Separator based on the type of file uploaded. Available options are ‘Comma’, ‘Tab’, ‘Space’ and ‘Semicolon’. If your data contains headers, enable option ’Consider the first row as header’ to treat them as headers while designing dashboards.

Preview and data import

  • Click Preview & Connect to connect with the configurations that have been set.

  • The Choose Schema(s) dialog opens. The schema represents the key fields of data of the uploaded file. This dialog displays a list of schemas in a treeview and its corresponding values in grid for preview. Select required schema(s) from treeview to use in designer and click Connect.


  • Now, the data design view page with the selected table schema opens. Drag and drop the table. Query Editor

  • Click Save to save the data source with a relevant name.

Data Transformation

Editing a Data Connection

Dashboard Designer Walkthrough

CSV Integration

XML Integration

JSON Integration