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I want to create a data dictionary of the tables of our primary layers. So I want a way to export the table structure to Excel. I don't need the actual data, I just want to know what columns are in each table and the data types for each column.

Our layers are in MapInfo, and I also have access to QGIS.

I can use the MapInfo Table Manager to export to a .met file, but when I copen that with Excel, the information is imported into one column - then requiring manual processing.

  • How did you want it structured? Each row is layer and columns are the fields? – Nathan W Aug 5 '13 at 2:41
  • Are these just normal tab files or are they in sql server? – Nathan W Aug 5 '13 at 2:42
  • I want the results for each layer to be in it's own worksheet (because there is other information that I want to collect and collate about the data). And they are normal .tab files - no sql servers involved. – Johanna Aug 5 '13 at 2:46
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Simply export it to MIF file type (MapInfo's human-readable file interchange format). This creates a *.mif and a *.mid file. The .mif is what you need: after the header there's a section that lists the data COLUMNS by name with accompanying data type.

  • Thank you mtn.biker, that will work for me. There's still a lot of manual cutting and pasting to be done but it will do the job that I have now. – Johanna Aug 6 '13 at 22:54

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