Export Structure

The Structure tab enables you to select which parts of the metadata structure you want to export.

The Structure tab of the Export Content dialog.

Export structure

You can select the metadata structure elements of the selected vault to be exported or select all elements with All Elements.

Important remarks

  • Built-in elements are always created in M-Files by default. They include, for example, the property definitions Name or title, Created by, and Keywords. In addition to these, administrators can create user-defined elements.
  • It is recommended to use aliases or GUIDs in event handlers and metadata card configurations. This is because they are exported as-is and because the metadata element IDs can be different in the source and the target vaults.
  • The imported metadata card configurations are visible in the target vault after you either restart M-Files Admin or do a forced refresh (Ctrl + F5) in the configurations editor.

Export contents of the selected value lists

By selecting the Export contents of the selected value lists checkbox you can choose to export all value list content.

Note: All the removed values are replicated as well. This means that values in the target vault may be deleted through a metadata structure import. The values are not deleted completely, however, but instead only marked as deleted. This enables the ability to search and re-enable deleted values in the source or target vault with M-Files Admin.

Selecting OK creates an export package of the selected metadata to the location specified on the Package Location tab.

Export users' custom display settings of the selected views

By enabling the Export users' custom display settings of the selected views checkbox you can choose to include users' custom display settings to the export package.

Note: Exporting a view always includes the common display settings of the view.