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1324193 - EFBBBF hexadecimal characters appears at the beginning of a CSV file generated by Crystal Reports


  • EFBBBF added to the  CSV file.
  • When exporting a report to CSV, it add a couple of characters at the beginning.
  • When exporting report to CSV format from Crystal Reports, three hexadecimal characters - EFBBBF are added at the beginning of CSV file.


  • SAP Crystal Reports 2008

Reproducing the Issue

  1. In Crystal Reports, open a report, or create a new report.
  2. Export the report to CSV format.
  3. Open the exported CSV file in a Text Editor, and notice the file contains EFBBBF characters in the beginning of the file.


  • This is a known issue tracked under ADAPT01186065


  • The issue is rsolved in the following product update and above:
    • Crystal Reports 2008:
      • Service Pack 3


CR, CSV, export , KBA , BI-RA-CR , Crystal Reports designer or Business View Manager , Bug Filed


Crystal Reports 2008 V0 ; Crystal Reports 2008 V1