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IDProjectCategoryView StatusLast Update
17907Bug reportsImport/Exportpublic2023-10-09 23:54
Reportertixeon Assigned Toadamzammit  
Status resolvedResolutionno change required 
Product Version5.2.x 
Summary17907: SPSS export participant data variables blank

When I am running a survey with a participant database with additional attributes, when I do an SPSS export the SPSS data file has variables for the participant data, but it doesn't draw through the data from the participant database (variable data is blank).

This is only an issue since the upgrade to 5.x (previous versions pulled through the participant data into SPSS).

Steps To Reproduce

Steps to reproduce

Create a survey with participants database activated
Collect data
Export SPSS file

Expected result

SPSS file has data from participant database in it

Actual result

Participant database variables are in the SPSS file, but the data hasn't been pulled through (SPSS data file is blank for those variables)

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Bug heat6
Complete LimeSurvey version number (& build)5.2.13
I will donate to the project if issue is resolvedYes
BrowserFirefox and Chrome
Database type & versionSPSS
Server OS (if known)Linux Mint and windows 10 (tried on both)
Webserver software & version (if known)
PHP Versionwhatever is used for the Australian hosted server

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2022-02-23 23:47


Test SPSS data.sav (9,315 bytes)


2022-02-25 00:07

developer   ~68405

Hi @tixeon,

What export to SPSS method are you using? Is it Export Responses - > Export to SPSS (.sav) or Export to SPSS then exporting the .sps file and running the syntax in SPSS?

I tested using 5.2.14, the "Export responses" then exported to CSV and Export to SPSS (.sav) and got the same correct output as attached.


survey_425756_spss.sav (3,947 bytes)


2022-03-02 23:59

reporter   ~68529

Hi, I used the Export Responses > Export to SPSS which exports a syntax and data file, then you run the syntax to generate the .sav. This is the way I have been doing it for years.
I have tried it on all 3 Limesurvey installs that I manage and have the same problem with all of them.

Exporting to CSV works fine (the data comes through), but that isn't any good when working in SPSS as you have to set up all of the SPSS variable information manually.



2022-03-07 06:11

developer   ~68544

Can you please try visiting the page where you export to CSV

Then instead of choosing CSV as the type, please choose "Export to SPSS (.sav)"

You should get a .sav file that you can open directly in SPSS (no syntax required) and hopefully will have your participant data too.



2022-03-09 05:07

reporter   ~68605

Oh, OK, sorry, I didn't know there was an SPSS .sav option in the 'export responses' area. This works perfectly. I won't bother using the 'export responses to SPSS' functionality any more. Thank you!

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2022-02-23 23:47 tixeon New Issue
2022-02-23 23:47 tixeon File Added: survey_archive_425756.lsa
2022-02-23 23:47 tixeon File Added: Test SPSS data.sav
2022-02-25 00:05 adamzammit Assigned To => adamzammit
2022-02-25 00:05 adamzammit Status new => assigned
2022-02-25 00:07 adamzammit Note Added: 68405
2022-02-25 00:07 adamzammit File Added: survey_425756_spss.sav
2022-02-25 00:07 adamzammit Bug heat 0 => 2
2022-03-02 23:59 tixeon Note Added: 68529
2022-03-02 23:59 tixeon Bug heat 2 => 4
2022-03-03 14:40 galads Issue Monitored: galads
2022-03-03 14:40 galads Bug heat 4 => 6
2022-03-07 06:11 adamzammit Note Added: 68544
2022-03-09 05:07 tixeon Note Added: 68605
2023-10-09 23:54 adamzammit Status assigned => resolved
2023-10-09 23:54 adamzammit Resolution open => no change required