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Valid for Sitecore 7.0
Serialization Guide

Serialization allows you to serialize an entire Sitecore database or a series of items in a database to text files. You can then use these text files to transfer this database or series of items to another database or Sitecore solution. Sitecore serialization is typically used in combination with a source control system to make it easy for developers to synchronize database changes between their local databases that they use for development — with the added benefit that the source control system will keep track of database changes and allow you to compare database changes.
This document describes all the actions that you can perform with Sitecore serialization.

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Sitecore CMS 7.0 or later: