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This is code for reading CSV files. It is very simple and only tries to fill one single need : if someone hands you a CSV file and you want to read it into your code for further processing.

It has no dependencies, except for Mocha if you want to run the tests.

The API is designed as a readable and writeable stream, making it possible to use it as part of a "pipe"-chain. Other benefits are great performance and simple but flexible interface.


npm install csv-streamer


Usually you just want to load that CSV-file :

var fs=require('fs');
var CSVStream=require('csv-streamer');
var csv=new CSVStream({headers:true});
    //do something with the data

CSV files can be with or without a leading line with names of columns (headers). The default is no headers and in that case each data-callback will provide you with an array of the values of each line. If headers are available it will instead contain an object with the values as named properties.

If you need to know the names of the headers, you can listen for the "headers" event, it will provide you with an array of the names.

Should you have the need for parsing tab separated files or something even more wicked, you can pass a custom delimiter as part of the options object :

var csv=new CSVStream({headers:true,delimiter:'\t'});

In some cases you are offloading the data to an async destination and for this you can use the asyncdata event instead of the regular data event. It will provide a callback as the second parameter and you will not receive futher data before calling that to acknowledge you are done processing the data.

If you are so unlucky that you have CSV in a string only, you should look into wrapping the string in a stream API and then pipe that into the CSV stream. Something like this (not tested).

You can also have a look at the test folder to see some examples of using the API.

In my testing it seems to be around 33% faster compared to node-csv code by Chris Williams.


Made by Alex Scheel Meyer. Released to the public domain.

Uses CSVToArray function by Ben Nadel

Inspired by the node-csv code by Chris Williams

Also see csv-stream