Exporting and Importing Data Models

You can export and import your ElastiCube and Live data models into Sisense. Models can be exported as .smodel files. The .smodel file contains the design of your model's schema and its connection settings to its sources.


All .smodel files created in earlier versions of Sisense are compatible with later versions. However, you cannot import .smodel files from later versions of Sisense into earlier versions.

For Linux deployments, you can select to export a .sdata file. The .sdata file contains the design of your model's schema, connection settings to its sources, and the data itself. Limitation: There is a 2Gb limit.

When importing/exporting a model, you can also decide if you want to import/export its perspectives. Limitation: This is not currently supported in sdata export.

Exporting a Model in Linux

You might want to export a model to use it as a backup, as a base for another ElastiCube, or to load it onto a different Sisense server.

To export a model:

  1. Open the Data page.

  2. For the relevant Model, select > Export.

  3. Select whether to export the model schema ("Model Only") or the model schema and the data ("Model & Data").
    If exporting the model schema, you can also select which, if any, related assets to export. These include: Hierarchies, Formulas, and Data Security.


    • All Data Security rules and emails are encrypted.

    • The new export options are relevant only for ".smodel"s.

  4. Click Export.

    You are prompted to download a file:

    • If you are exporting the model only (A), you'll be prompted to download a .smodel file
    • If you are exporting the model and data (B), you'll be prompted to download a .sdata file


  • Rebuilding the model from a .smodel file could be time-consuming.

  • When exporting a .sdata file, keep in mind that it might be very big. You might need to be able to transfer a large volume of data and have the disk space to support it.

Importing a Model in Linux

To import a model:

  1. Open the Data page.

  2. Click Import Model .

  3. Drag a .smodel file (model only) or .sdata file (model and data) to the Import dialog box.


    Click Browse. Navigate to the relevant .smodel or .sdata file and select it.

  4. If a model with the same name already exists, either rename the model or overwrite the existing model with the one you are importing.

  1. Click Import.

The schema is displayed and the model is added to the Data page. Build the model so that you can work with it in your dashboard. If you imported a .sdata file, you can view the data immediately, without needing to perform a build.