So I'm new to using CiviCRM and I'm having some difficulty exporting my contacts properly. More specifically, I am unable to export all of the notes from a few of the contacts. I have been using the Select Fields for Export option and have selected several fields, including the Notes field. When I open the resulting CSV file I have found that only a few of the notes were actually exported. The notes are quite extensive (the person who made them originally wrote mini-novels on each contact) and, from what I have read online, this causes a problem. From what I have gathered it looks like the notes cut off when they reach some sort of a character limit. My question is: is there a way to export all of the notes, in their entirety, without loss of information, or is there some sort of a "hidden" character limit for fields?

Screenshot of one of the notes created by the original user.

There are 29 more for this contact alone.

I've blurred the actual text for confidentiality.

Thanks for any help.

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You should be able to do so by using API directly. cf. https://yourdomain.org/civicrm/api/explorer and use Entity = Note and Action = get

If you want to have it in a csv format, you could use the command line script provided in CiviCRM bin/csv/export.php

You will find the information about this script here : https://civicrm.org/blog/xavier/new-tools-to-automate-the-configuration-and-stagingproduction-migration

So you should be able to do what you want we a command line like :

php /full/path/to/bin/csv/export.php -u"user" -p"password" -s"yourdomain.org" Note > notes.csv

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