Unable to create questions with external csv file


I want to create a question whose choices will be from external csv.
I did uploaded my file, but showing this error
Am on url https://kobo.humanitarianresponse.info/
Can someone guide.

This is a known issue @vicks88! And, it has already been recorded in GitHub here:

However, it should not affect your data collection process, and you could carry on with the select_one_from_file question type for your survey project.


  • You should not edit your survey project through the form builder UI when you have the select_one_from_file question type. If you wish to edit, you should edit the same through an xlsform.
  • When you have the select_one_from_file question type, you may not be able to download your data in the XLS version. In this case, you will have to download the same in XLS (legacy) version.

@Kal_Lam Ok Thanks.
So can i use external csv as option through Kobointerface directly (without using xls form)

Am on kobo humanitarian

I find xls form a bit tougher

Sorry, I don’t think KoBoToolbox’s form builder UI supports these question types. You will thus need to use the xlsform instead.

OK thanks a lot

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