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can we schedule dataloader...............?

How can i schedule dataloader and what are the main drawbacks of dataloader.............?


You will need to use dataloader command line for this. Check salesforce document on dataloader for that.

Here is one link also.


You can schedule to run .bat file using windows scheduler. I have never tried it myself, but this is very simple solution. 


Natively, data loader does not offer scheduling capabilities like Informatica Data Loader and other ETL tools offer. However, you can invoke the data loader using the scheduler provided by your system OS (e.g. Windows Scheduler) to call a .bat (batch file) that will in turn call the Data Loader config file, which will automatically login to the Data Loader using the credentials (Username, Password and Security token) that you provide in the config file and perform the operation described in the config file


This method is called Data Loader Command Line Interface (CLI). Details are available here -


Hope this helps! 

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