Apex Data Loader Overview

The Apex data loader is a .net utility used for the bulk import or export of data. We can load any object that has API_Access. The data loader is not a Cloud-based tool rather it’s a desktop utility built for systems running on windows OS.

The operations you can perform by using Apex Data Loader are:

  • Insert
  • Update
  • Delete
  • Upsert
  • Hard Delete
  • Export
  • Export All


Some features of Data Loader are:

  • The Apex data loader is available in few editions which are Unlimited Edition (UE), Enterprise Edition (EE), and Developer Edition (DE).
  • Apex Data Loader supports the CSV (Comma Separated Value) format to import and export of data.
  • It is a useful tool to provide backup and archive your data.
  • It also shows detailed success and error log files in CSV format.
  • The Apex Data Loader also works on Command Line.
  • The Apex Data Loader is an API-based tool used to Import & Export Salesforce data.
  • We can import above 50,000 records using it and also schedule data loads.
  • Salesforce Data can be Exported and Mass Deleted.

Unlike other features of Force.com, the Apex Data Loader is not entirely on Cloud. We need to physically download & install it on the machine to use. To get and Install the Apex Data Loader perform the following steps:

  1. Navigate to User name | Setup | Data Management | Data Loader.
  2. Download the Data Loader.
  3. Launch Install Shield Wizard and follow the instructions.

Download the Data Loader

Rajat Jain

Rajat Jain

Software Engineer at Aadi IT Services
After the completion of my bachelors degree from renowned university of India. I have gathered total experience of 2.5 Years from IT industry till date. I am a certified Salesforce Developer (Dev-401). Currently, I am associated with Aadi IT Services and working on various technologies. I love to share my knowledge with the world. So, I thought to become a part of Techsharepoint and expand the reach of my knowledge.
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