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Import groups

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Groups import provides a simple, easy way to create groups from a spreadsheet (CSV).

To import groups

  1. Click the 'Import groups' button in Settings > Course administration > Users > Groups
  2. Upload the CSV file (see below for file format)
  3. Click the 'Import groups' button

CSV file fieldnames

The CSV file has just one required fieldname (groupname), but can include default and/or optional fieldnames

  • Each line of the file contains one record
  • Each record is a series of data separated by commas
  • The first record of the file is special, and contains a list of fieldnames. This defines the format of the rest of the file.

Required fieldnames - These fields must be included in the first record, and defined for each user


Default fieldnames - These are optional - if they are not included then the values are taken from the current language and current course

idnumber, coursename, lang

Optional fieldnames

description, enrolmentkey, picture, hidepicture
  • Commas within the data should be encoded as &#44 - the script will automatically decode these back to commas.
  • For Boolean fields, use 0 for false and 1 for true.
  • Either idnumber or coursename can be used to identify the course. Idnumber overrides coursename. If neither is specified, the groups will be added to the current course.
  • Coursename is the course shortname.

Note: If a group is already registered in the Moodle database for a particular course, this script will return the group name for that group. Teachers are only allowed to upload groups in courses they are authorized to edit.

A sample file looks like this:

groupname, description, enrolmentkey
Team 1, Group Assignment Team 1, orange
Team 2, Group Assignment Team 2, purple
Team 3, Group Assignment Team 3, green

Note that groups import doesn't currently handle anything to do with Groupings.