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Layout Script

  Requires Decipher Cloud


You can use the layout script to import, export and list the variable layouts for a project from the terminal.

To customize variable layouts using Decipher UI, see Modifying the Layout of Data.


The syntax for the layout command is shown below:

layout [--id ID] [--out OUT] [--name name] [--in IN] [--t TITLE] <import,export,list> <survey>
  • import: imports the data layout in CSV format for the specified id
  • export: exports the data layout in CSV format for the specified id
  • list: lists the layout IDs for a project
  • survey: path to project where you want to customize the variable layouts


This describes how you would use a layout script to customize the variable layout.


Using the list argument we can see all the configured layouts that currently exist for a project.

layout list selfserve/9d3/proj1234
[{'description': 'Standard', 'id': None}, {'description': 'New layout #6', 'id': 6}, {'description': 'test #1', 'id': 7}, {'description': 'test #2', 'id': 11}]


The export argument will allow you to specify a layout id and return the corresponding layout in CSV format.

Arguments for exporting

Command Description
--id ID ID of layout to export. If omitted will use standard layout.
--out OUT Specify name of output file. If omitted layout will print to screen. File specified must put the full path of where it will be written.

If you want to export the "Standard" layout, omit the --id parameter when exporting.

Once you have the layout ID, the next step is to export the .CSV file to your system.

layout  —-id 11 --out selfserve/9d3/proj1234/myfile.csv export selfserve/9d3/proj1234

The above example will output the layout from proj1234 with the id 11 to a file called myfile.csv. This file can then be modified with Excel or any compatible text editor.

Note:  Any items that you cannot edit in the layout manager, such as the label field, are also read-only in the .CSV file. As a work around for label, use altlabel.

The fields you want to edit include:

  • shown
  • title
  • minStart
  • fwidth
  • altlabel


The import argument will allow you to specify a layout to import into your project.

Command Description
--name name new name for the layout
--in IN Specify name of input file. This is required when importing. File specified must be the full path of where it will import from.
--t TITLE Specify the title/description of the layout.  if omitted will default to "New layout."

The --u option is for running this locally in development mode. You should probably not try to use it.

After you have made your edits to the .CSV file, import it back to the project.

layout --in selfserve/9d3/proj1234/mylayout.csv --t "Test" import selfserve/9d3/proj1234

The above example will import the layout defined in mylayout.csv to the project specified with a title of "Test."

You must specify the .CSV to import with the --in parameter, and you can optionally give the new (this script doesn't currently overwrite layouts) layout a title with the --t parameter.

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