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badge1Smuggler is a tool for RavenDB which is used for exporting and importing data – today at work I was shown a nice way to use it to take production data out and import it locally for just one collection of documents – something which might be useful and I know I will forget the syntax I the future for so blogging about it helps me know remember it and I can always read here again in the future if and more likely when I do forget it.

The syntax for exporting a collection called Categories would be as follows:-


What are we doing here, well we are saying use Smuggler to export from the Catalogue Tenants database a dump file – we are also using metadata so that we are only exporting a collection of documents called Categories and then only the latest version so no revisions, and lastly only export the Documents so no Indexes or any other types of documents.

I wanted to then import this into my local instance of RavenDB so the following command does just that:-


This will import the Categories and override any existing Categories in my local RavenDB instance.

You can read more about smuggler here.

Hope someone finds that useful.