Dataports are similar to XMLports as they are object types that can import and export data. The difference is that the data is encapsulated in text files. This makes it possible to exchange information between different computing systems where XML is not supported. For example, you can use dataports to export data, modify the data in an external program such as Microsoft Office Excel, and then import the modified data into the Microsoft Dynamics NAV database.


Application Server for Microsoft Dynamics NAV does not support dataports.

Deciding Between Dataports and XMLports

There are two reasons to use dataports to export data from Microsoft Dynamics NAV or import data into Microsoft Dynamics NAV:

  • To support businesses that use previous versions of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and therefore work with dataports rather than XMLports.

  • To modify Microsoft Dynamics NAV data in a tool that does not support XML.

Introducing Dataports

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Learn about dataports.

Dataport Fundamentals

Read the principles of designing dataports.

Designing Dataports

Learn how to create a dataport.

Walkthrough: Creating a Dynamic Dataport

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