I'm doing some queries on my Drupal site using the drush sql-query command. I'd like to export the results to a CSV. Is it possible to do this via the command options, some plugin, or some other alternative method?


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The awk part should be like this

drush sqlq "SELECT nid, title, alias from node 
LEFT JOIN url_alias ON url_alias.source = CONCAT('node/', node.nid)
LEFT JOIN field_data_field_myfield ON node.nid = field_data_field_myfield.entity_id 
WHERE type = 'blog' AND field_data_field_myfield.entity_id IS NULL;"| awk 'BEGIN { FS = "\t"} ; {print "\""$1"\",\""$2"\",\""$3"\""}' > output.csv
  • The awk command doesn't work. The output is all columns of "$1,$2,$3" Oct 17, 2016 at 1:25
  • For a comma separated list, the awk part has to be like: awk 'BEGIN { FS = "\t"} ; {print "\""$1"\","\"$2"\","\"$3"\""}' > output.csv. Note the backslashes which will escape the second double-quote so it will appear as an actual double-quote inside the csv.
    – cirrus3d
    Oct 4, 2017 at 11:32

I found it easiest to export the results to .tsv format

  • D7: drush sql-query "SELECT nid, title FROM node LIMIT 10" > nid-title.tsv
  • D8: drush sql-query "SELECT nid, title FROM node_field_data LIMIT 10" > nid-title.tsv

You could also convert TSV to CSV from the linux terminal with something like:

cat nid-title.tsv | tr "\\t" "," > nid-title.csv

or with an editor like Libre Offic Calc: open .tsv, save as .csv

  • If tr is not installed use sed: cat nid-title.tsv | sed "s/\t/,/g" > nid-title.csv.
    – alec
    Feb 16, 2019 at 1:33

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