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Error - "Incoming Variable Library Is Invalid" while uploading a CSV data source file in Illustrator

Community Beginner ,
Jun 23, 2020 Jun 23, 2020

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Hey all!

I'm trying to make a bunch of business cards using a template en masse with a Excel document.

This contains Inuktitut characters that I would like to remain in the finished product. I've tried it with and without the Inuktitut, all the cells are filled and I've done a search for all empty cells to be sure. Each time, the result is the same: invalid library. What could be going wrong?

 

Here is what happened when I tried to investigate possible problems listed here: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/illustrator/using/data-driven-graphics-templates-variables.html#Facingiss...

 

Your CSV file is not blank.
I've checked.

The spreadsheets that you've created using the latest version of Microsoft Excel are saved as CSV (Comma delimited) (*.csv) or CSV (MS-DOS) (*.csv) and those created using Apple Numbers are saved as CSV format with Unicode (UTF-8) encoding. Data source files saved in any other file format such as Macintosh Comma Separated (*.csv) are not supported for data merge.
Done. Both with comma delimited and MS-DOS.

All columns have a data field name. For example, Illustrator displays the error message when a column in your data source file contains data but doesn't have a data field name.
Done. All columns have a data field name.

The data source file doesn't have a blank column in between any filled columns. For example, Illustrator displays the error message when column B and D in your data source file contain data but column C is empty.
There are no blank columns. I've used find and replace to verify.

A. Data field name is missing for a column B. There's a blank column between filled columns
There are no blank field names.

The data field names in your spreadsheet don't contain any blank spaces.
There are no blank spaces.

The paths referring to image and graph files in your source file don't contain any blank spaces.
There are no blank spaces, image files or graphs.

The graph files linked from your data source file are saved as comma-delimited (.csv) files.
There is no graph.

 

 

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New Here , Aug 11, 2021 Aug 11, 2021

For me what solved was changing the first line from:

Natanael5FA6_0-1628679429411.png

to:

Natanael5FA6_1-1628679471215.png

The simple space was keeling the file, haha.

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New Here , Dec 07, 2021 Dec 07, 2021

The data field names cannot start with a number

 

This was my issue.

So annoying, the help doesn't say this anywhere.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 23, 2020 Jun 23, 2020

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Hi there,

 

Sorry to hear about your difficulties. If I get it correctly, you are getting this error The incoming variable library is invalid while uploading a CSV data source file. There could be multiple reasons behind why this would have happened. Few of them are listed in this help article (https://helpx.adobe.com/in/illustrator/using/data-driven-graphics-templates-variables.html#Facingiss...). 

 

Let us know if this helps or if you have any further questions.

 

Regards,

Srishti

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 24, 2020 Jun 24, 2020

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Thank you kindly for your advice. Here are the results of me having followed that link. Where do we go from here? Incidentally, using CSV with UTF-8 encoding did not preserve the special characters that are required for Inuktitut syllabics. 

 

Your CSV file is not blank.
I've checked.

The spreadsheets that you've created using the latest version of Microsoft Excel are saved as CSV (Comma delimited) (*.csv) or CSV (MS-DOS) (*.csv) and those created using Apple Numbers are saved as CSV format with Unicode (UTF-8) encoding. Data source files saved in any other file format such as Macintosh Comma Separated (*.csv) are not supported for data merge.
Done. Both with comma delimited and MS-DOS.

All columns have a data field name. For example, Illustrator displays the error message when a column in your data source file contains data but doesn't have a data field name.
Done. All columns have a data field name.

The data source file doesn't have a blank column in between any filled columns. For example, Illustrator displays the error message when column B and D in your data source file contain data but column C is empty.
There are no blank columns. I've used find and replace to verify.

A. Data field name is missing for a column B. There's a blank column between filled columns
There are no blank field names.

The data field names in your spreadsheet don't contain any blank spaces.
There are no blank spaces.

The paths referring to image and graph files in your source file don't contain any blank spaces.
There are no blank spaces, image files or graphs.

The graph files linked from your data source file are saved as comma-delimited (.csv) files.
There is no graph.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 30, 2020 Aug 30, 2020

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I have the same exact problem as the original poster. My file also does not break any of the rules in the help article you posted. The software does not seem to be worknig as intended.

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Sep 10, 2020 Sep 10, 2020

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I have this exact problem as well.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 25, 2020 Jun 25, 2020

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Does anyone else have any theories?

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 26, 2020 Jun 26, 2020

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Bump!

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Community Expert ,
Jun 26, 2020 Jun 26, 2020

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If it doesn't work, can you try the VariableImporter script?

Illustrator is just very prissy about CSV ...

 

https://github.com/Silly-V/Adobe-Illustrator/blob/master/Variable%20Importer/VariableImporter.jsx

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Apr 12, 2021 Apr 12, 2021

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You must replace the ; by , in the CSV file use a text editor for that and all should work after. 

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Nov 03, 2021 Nov 03, 2021

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This worked for me, thank you for the advice 🙂

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Dec 16, 2021 Dec 16, 2021

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Great option. But doesn't it mean that we are not able to use texts with commas as values of the variables???

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May 11, 2021 May 11, 2021

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I know this is a super late reply, but did you try removing special characters? The / and ?

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Aug 11, 2021 Aug 11, 2021

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For me what solved was changing the first line from:

Natanael5FA6_0-1628679429411.png

to:

Natanael5FA6_1-1628679471215.png

The simple space was keeling the file, haha.

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New Here ,
Nov 05, 2021 Nov 05, 2021

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Yes! That solved my issue!! Thank you!

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Feb 11, 2022 Feb 11, 2022

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This solved it for me as well!

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Oct 20, 2022 Oct 20, 2022

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THANK YOU!!!! (: That worked for me too!

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Dec 07, 2021 Dec 07, 2021

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The data field names cannot start with a number

 

This was my issue.

So annoying, the help doesn't say this anywhere.

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Oct 04, 2022 Oct 04, 2022

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Thank you! That solved my issue!

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New Here ,
Jan 10, 2022 Jan 10, 2022

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Dear,

My Name is Puneet Agarwal,

I am also facing the same problem and tried checking all the pointers given here, but my problem still persists .

Can anyone help?

 

Thanks and Regards

Puneet

 

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New Here ,
Jan 20, 2022 Jan 20, 2022

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this is the ULtimate solution

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vu3tYsWGkc

Hola jóvenes soy Pandres, en el tip tutorial de hoy tal encontramos la SOLUCIÓN para este error de illustrator al trabajar con variables, si les ha salido este mensaje 👉 "La biblioteca de variables de entrada no es válida" pues la solución es increíblemente sencilla pero un poco difícil de ver ya

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New Here ,
Jan 20, 2022 Jan 20, 2022

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It is worth to note that this is a valid solution only when we don't have any longer strings of text with commas inside. Cause commas can't be inside values here. If we have them, the software will interpret separations incorrectly. For a solution with commas, the only possible way to do it is in XML, as far as I know!

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New Here ,
Feb 01, 2022 Feb 01, 2022

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Old thread I know but I was having this issue and nothing here helped. 

I figured out what it was for me. 

I was copying text with line breaks into the cells but becuase the cells were clipped/wrapped i didn't notice. 

Make sure all text in each cell is on one line.

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Jul 31, 2022 Jul 31, 2022

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Today, I found another problem or may be a key for the error, I found a limit for the number of rows in csv file, which make data sets is limited to 230 set, when I add more rows, illustrator refuse the file and say "invalid.."
for columns, I have reached 103 and still work.

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