CSV File Connector


Connectors continue to be released outside the IDM release. For the latest documentation, refer to the ICF documentation.

The CSV file connector is useful when importing users, either for initial provisioning or for ongoing updates. When used continuously in production, a CSV file serves as a change log, often containing only user records that have changed.


This connector does not verify CSV data before attempting a synchronization. You must ensure that your CSV file is complete and properly formed before using the connector.

Configuring the CSV File Connector

A sample CSV file connector configuration is provided in openidm/samples/example-configurations/provisioners/provisioner.openicf-csvfile.json.

The following example shows an excerpt of the provisioner configuration. The connectorHostRef property is optional and must be provided only if the connector runs remotely.

    "connectorRef": {
        "connectorHostRef": "#LOCAL",
        "connectorName": "org.forgerock.openicf.csvfile.CSVFileConnector",
        "bundleName": "org.forgerock.openicf.connectors.csvfile-connector",
        "bundleVersion": "[,"

The only required configuration property is the path to the csvFile:

"configurationProperties" : {
    "csvFile" : "&{idm.instance.dir}/data/csvConnectorData.csv"

For a list of all configuration properties for this connector, see "Configuration properties".


If you change the structure of the CSV file resource, by adding or removing columns, you must update the corresponding object properties in the provisioner file accordingly.

OpenICF Interfaces Implemented by the CSV File Connector

The CSV File Connector implements the following OpenICF interfaces.


Provides simple authentication with two parameters, presumed to be a user name and password.


Execute a series of operations in a single request.


Creates an object and its uid.


Deletes an object, referenced by its uid.

Resolve Username

Resolves an object by its username and returns the uid of the object.


Describes the object types, operations, and options that the connector supports.

Script on Connector

Enables an application to run a script in the context of the connector. Any script that runs on the connector has the following characteristics:

  • The script runs in the same execution environment as the connector and has access to all the classes to which the connector has access.

  • The script has access to a connector variable that is equivalent to an initialized instance of the connector. At a minimum, the script can access the connector configuration.

  • The script has access to any script-arguments passed in by the application.


Searches the target resource for all objects that match the specified object class and filter.


Polls the target resource for synchronization events, that is, native changes to objects on the target resource.


Tests the connector configuration. Testing a configuration checks all elements of the environment that are referred to by the configuration are available. For example, the connector might make a physical connection to a host that is specified in the configuration to verify that it exists and that the credentials that are specified in the configuration are valid.

This operation might need to connect to a resource, and, as such, might take some time. Do not invoke this operation too often, such as before every provisioning operation. The test operation is not intended to check that the connector is alive (that is, that its physical connection to the resource has not timed out).

You can invoke the test operation before a connector configuration has been validated.


Updates (modifies or replaces) objects on a target resource.

CSV File Connector Configuration

The CSV File Connector has the following configurable properties.

Configuration properties

PropertyTypeDefault Encrypted [a] Required [b]
headerPassword String password

The CSV header that maps to the password for each row. Use this property when password-based authentication is required.

spaceReplacementString String _

The character(s) used to replace spaces within column names.

csvFile File null

The full path to the CSV file that is the data source for this connector.

newlineString String \n

The character string in the CSV file that is used to terminate each line.

headerUid String uid

The CSV header that maps to the uid (or name) for each row.

quoteCharacter String "

The character in the CSV file that is used to encapsulate strings.

escapeCharacter String \

The character in the CSV file that is used to escape characters.

fieldDelimiter String ,

The character in the CSV file that is used to separate field values.

syncFileRetentionCount int 3

The number of historical copies of the CSV file to retain when performing synchronization operations.

[a] Indicates whether the property value is considered confidential, and therefore encrypted in OpenIDM.

[b] A list of operations in this column indicates that the property is required for those operations.

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