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Importing Headers and Values

When using this type of import, the attribute names of the documents to be imported are specified separate from the actual document value data. The first line of the HTTP POST request body must be a JSON array containing the attribute names for the documents that follow. The following lines are interpreted as the document data. Each document must be a JSON array of values. No attribute names are needed or allowed in this data section.


curl --data-binary @- -X POST --dump - "http://localhost:8529/_api/import?collection=test"
[ "firstName", "lastName", "age", "gender" ]
[ "Joe", "Public", 42, "male" ]
[ "Jane", "Doe", 31, "female" ]

HTTP/1.1 201 Created
Server: ArangoDB
Connection: Keep-Alive
Content-type: application/json; charset=utf-8


The server will again respond with an HTTP 201 if everything went well. The number of documents imported will be returned in the created attribute of the response. If any documents were skipped or incorrectly formatted, this will be returned in the errors attribute. The number of empty lines in the input file will be returned in the empty attribute.

If the details parameter was set to true in the request, the response will also contain an attribute details which is an array of details about errors that occurred on the server side during the import. This array might be empty if no errors occurred.

Importing into Edge Collections

Please note that when importing documents into an edge collection, it is mandatory that all imported documents contain the _from and _to attributes, and that these contain references to existing collections.