Turn off Scientific Notation in CSV export

Describe the problem/error/question

Hello! I’m trying to use n8n to export some different data feeds in a specific format. When I write items with a long number (i.e. 12984760385) to a CSV using the Spreadsheet node, it automatically shortens the number using scientific notation (i.e. 1.29847E+5) irreversibly. I would export it as an XLS or XLSX which seems to avoid this, but I cannot use the “append” feature.

Is there any way I can disable or override this functionality?

Please share your workflow

Share the output returned by the last node

Information on your n8n setup

  • n8n version: 0.225.2
  • Database (default: SQLite): SQLite
  • n8n EXECUTIONS_PROCESS setting (default: own, main): Not sure?
  • Running n8n via (Docker, npm, n8n cloud, desktop app): npm
  • Operating system: Fedora 37

Hi @jv_junkbrands, welcome to the community!

I am sorry you’re having trouble. Unfortunately, you didn’t share the exact dataset returned by your “Process Products” node and I couldn’t reproduce this problem with the exact number you have used.

But on a very general level I’d try to process large numbers as a string rather than a numeric datatype when using n8n (or any JavaScript application really) unless you have to perform calculations on them. This is because JavaScript simply can’t exactly represent large numbers (this is the boundary).

This would also prevent any formatting in spreadsheet files. Try out the below example (you might need to adjust the file path to match your file system):

You can see how the numeric value is written using the scientific notation, but the “string” value remains unchanged:


So perhaps you can adjust your workflows behind “Process Products” in a way that it returns a string instead of a number? In many cases simply appending .toString() (MDN) to the expression writing the number would do the job.

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Hey @MutedJam, thank you for the welcome and assistance!

Apologies for not including more of the dataset, I was rushed when putting this request together yesterday and can include more if you feel that would help future users.

That said, your suggestion of using .toString() on the numbers seems to have worked perfectly. I’m loading the data into “string” fields within the Set node, which I thought would automatically convert the data a string, but apparently not. By manually converting it to a string using toString(), it seems to be outputting correctly.


Amazing, great to hear it did the job for you. Thanks for the confirmation!

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