You can import custom fields with multiple options in Adobe Workfront using the Kick-Start functionality.
Examples of custom fields with multiple options are:
These fields can sometimes have many (sometimes hundreds) of options. Importing them using the Kick-Start functionality can save you, as the Workfront administrator, a lot of time and ensure you avoid errors.
You must follow the steps outlined in the sections below, in this order, to import custom fields with multiple options using a kick-start:
If you are not familiar with the Workfront database structure, or if you are not familiar with the kick-start file that Workfront requires to import information, we recommend that you first export a kick-start file from Workfront with existing information, similar to that of the fields that you want to import.
For example, if you want to import custom forms or custom fields, you must export a kick-start file with existing Custom Data first.
Exporting your existing data first allows you to scan it and see how your new data needs to be formatted.
If you have a good understanding of the Workfront database objects and structure, you can continue with the section below.
To export existing data from Workfront:
Click Main Menu > Setup on the upper-right corner of the Workfront interface.
Expand the System menu to the left, then click Export Data (Kick-Starts).
Select Custom Data in the What to include section.
Choose .xlsx file in the Download format section.
Depending on how much custom data you have in your system, this might take a long time.
Click Download. An .xlsx file downloads to your computer. Navigate to and open it.
Examine the downloaded file and make note of the following details:
Some column headers might not display in bold, but they might still be required.
After scanning the information about existing custom fields in your system, you can download a new kick-start template for your import.
Click Main Menu > Setup on the upper-right corner of the Workfront interface.
Expand the System menu to the left.
Click Import Data (Kick-Starts).
In the Download a blank Kick-Start spreadsheet area, choose the Custom Data checkbox and click Download.
A blank kick-start file downloads to your computer.
The number of sheets in the file, their names, and the number of and names of the columns in each sheet should be identical to the ones from the kick-start downloaded in the above section which contained your existing custom data.
Before populating the excel spreadsheet, download the kick-start template as described in the above section.
Do not try to import information using an ad-hoc Excel spreadsheet. All spreadsheets for importing information into Workfront using the kick-start functionality must match the contents of the files you download from Workfront and described in this article.
To populate the Excel spreadsheet with information for the new custom fields:
Open the Excel spreadsheet you downloaded in the previous section, and notice a number of sheets. Each sheet represents an object in the application.
For example, Parameter (which refers to Custom Field), Parameter Option(which refers to Custom Field option), Category (which refers to Custom Form).
You must write the names of the objects and their attributes in the format supported by the Workfront database.
For information about the meaning of these objects, see the Workfront glossary.
For information about the names of the objects in the Workfront database, see the API Explorer.
Ensure the following information is formatted correctly:
The first row of every sheet must remain empty, otherwise the import generates an error.
The column headers in each sheet represent attributes of the objects that can be set during an import. All column headers must remain in the same order you find them when you export the sheet and they cannot be renamed.
The column headers in bold are required fields and they must have a value.
Some columns are required although they are not in bold. For example, the
ID columns are not in bold, but they are required fields.
**PARAM Parameter** sheet and add information about the new custom fields in the following required columns:
isNew = enter
TRUE in this column for every line that represents a new custom field. This indicates that the field is new and not existing in Workfront.
If a line represents an existing field already in Workfront, you would enter
ID = must be a unique number for each line that represents a new field. You can use any number starting with 1, as long as each new field has a unique number.
setDataType = for each line that represents a new field, enter the data type that the field supports. The Data Type must be entered as it would appear in the database. Select from the following data types:
**setDisplaySize**= the display size (‘setDisplaySize’) for any multiple options custom fields is always 0.
setDisplayType = for each line that represents a new field, enter the display type of the field. The Display Type must be entered as it would appear in the database.
For multiple-option custom fields, select from the following options:
MULTfor Multi-select Dropdown
RDIOfor Radio Buttons
To find the Data Type and Display Type information, refer to the API Explorer, expand the Parameter object, and look for these attributes under the fields tab.
setName = enter the name of the custom fields as you wish it displays in Workfront.
For example, we might import two custom fields, called Brand, a checkbox field, and Media, a radio button field.
setName and the
setValue columns usually contain the same information and they should reflect the names desired in the Workfront interface for your new field.
The value of a field is the name which appears in reports, for example, whereas the name displays in the custom forms attached to objects.
For more information, see Add a custom field to a custom form.
POPT Parameter Options sheet and add information about the options of each custom field in the following required columns:
isNew = enter
TRUE in this column for every line that represents a new field option.
If a line represents an existing option, you would enter
ID = must be a unique number for each line that represents a new option. You can use any number starting with 1, as long as each new option has a unique number.
setIsDefault = enter
TRUE for the options that you want to display by default, and
FALSE for all other options, for each field. For example, we want Nike to be the default option for Brand and Print to be the default option for Media.
You can only have one default option for each field.
setParameterID = the options corresponding to the Brand custom field have a
setParameterID of 1, and the options corresponding to the Media have a **
setParameterID**of 2. The
POPT sheets cross-reference each other to indicate which options belong to which custom field.
setDisplayOrder= the display order column indicates the order in which the options will display in your custom field. You can start with 1 and continue in ascending order for all the options, regardless of which fields they will belong to. The important thing here is to have unique numbers for each option.
setLabel and the
**setValue** columns usually contain the same information and they should reflect the names desired in the Workfront UI. The value of an option is the name that displays in reports, for example, whereas the label displays in the custom forms when attached to an object. For more information, see Add a custom field to a custom form.
setIsHidden = enter
TRUE if you want any of the options to be hidden.
(Optional) If you want to also create a custom form where you can later add the new fields, select the
CTGY Category sheet and update the following required columns for the custom form information:
TRUEin this column for every line that represents a new custom form.
ID= enter a unique number for each line that represents a new form. You can use any number starting with 1, as long as each new option or line has a unique number.
setGroupID= add the Group ID for your Home Group, or any other group in the system whose members you want to have access to this form. This is a required field.
To find out the
ID of a Group, you can either build a Group report and add the
ID field in the View, or navigate to a group and find the URL for the group. The Group ID will be in the URL of the group’s page. For example, if the URL of the group is
https://companyName.my.workfront.com/group/575b000800467a6f66e747932c807464/members, the Group ID is
setCatObjCode **= this is the object code for the object type that you want the form to be created for. Enter a code from the following options:
BILLfor Billing Records
For multi-object forms, enter the first object you would select when creating a form in the UI. For example, set the
TASK, if you would select Task in the Workfront interface and then, Issue, Portfolio, etc., but you do not want the form to be available to Projects.
setName = this is the name of the custom form as you would like it to appear in the Workfront interface.
Save the spreadsheet as an .xls or .xlsx file on your computer. Your Excel spreadsheet is filled out and is now ready for importing into Workfront.
After performing the steps described in the previous sections, continue with the following to upload the new fields and forms into Workfront:
Click Import Data **(Kick-Starts) **under the Main Menu > Setup > System menu.
Click Choose File under the section Upload data with Kick-Start spreadsheet.
Browse for the Excel spreadsheet you prepared, on your computer and select it when you find it. When the file is recognized by Workfront, the Upload button will turn blue.
A notification that the import was successful displays. Depending on how much information you are importing, this step might take a few seconds to a minute.
The new custom fields and forms are now in your Workfront system. You can find them in the Custom Forms area of Setup.
The new forms and the fields you imported are not yet connected. The form is imported with no custom fields. You must manually add the fields to the new custom form or to another existing custom form.
For information about adding fields to custom forms, see Add a custom field to a custom form.
(Conditional) If the import was not successful, you receive an error message with what the problem is. Try to identify the field, the sheet, and the row number in which the problem was encountered and correct the information in the Excel file, then try importing the file one more time.
(Conditional) Depending on what the problem is, as stated in the error message, some information might already be imported. You must do one of the following before you can import the sheet again:
inNewfield is marked as
FALSEin sheets that contain information about the form (
CTGY) or the field (
PARAM) on the kick-start importing sheet.