csv-stringify

CSV stringifier implementing the Node.js stream.Transform API

This project is part of the CSV module and a stringifier converting records into a CSV text and implementing the Node.js stream.Transform API. It is also providing a simple callback-base API for converniency. It is both extremely easy to use and powerfull. It was released since 2010 and is tested against very large dataset by a large community.

Documentation for the "csv-stringify" package is available here.

This module is to be considered in alpha stage. It is part of an ongoing effort to split the current CSV module into complementary modules with a cleaner design and the latest stream implementation. However, the code has been imported with very little changes and you should feel confident to use it in your code.

Run npm install csv to install the full csv module or run npm install csv-stringify if you are only interested by the CSV stringifier.

Use the callback style API for simplicity or the stream based API for scalability.

The stringifier receive an array and return a string inside a user-provided callback. This example is available with the command node samples/callback.js.

var stringify = require('csv-stringify');
 
input = [ [ '1', '2', '3', '4' ], [ 'a', 'b', 'c', 'd' ] ];
stringify(input, function(erroutput){
  output.should.eql('1,2,3,4\na,b,c,d');
});
// node samples/stream.js 
var stringify = require('csv-stringify');
 
data = '';
stringifier = stringify({delimiter: ':'})
stringifier.on('readable', function(){
  while(row = stringifier.read()){
    data += row;
  }
});
stringifier.on('error', function(err){
  consol.log(err.message);
});
stringifier.on('finish', function(){
  data.should.eql(
    "root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash\n" +
    "someone:x:1022:1022:a funny cat:/home/someone:/bin/bash"
  );
});
stringifier.write([ 'root','x','0','0','root','/root','/bin/bash' ]);
stringifier.write([ 'someone','x','1022','1022','a funny cat','/home/someone','/bin/bash' ]);
stringifier.end();

One usefull function part of the Stream API is pipe to interact between multiple streams. You may use this function to pipe a stream.Readable array or object source to a stream.Writable string destination. The next example available as node samples/pipe.js generate records, stringify them and print them to stdout.

stringify = require('csv-stringify');
generate = require('csv-generate');
 
generator = generate({objectMode: true, seed: 1, headers: 2});
stringifier = stringify();
generator.pipe(stringifier).pipe(process.stdout);

Most of the generator is imported from its parent project CSV in a effort to split it between the generator, the parser, the transformer and the stringifier.

Tests are executed with mocha. To install it, simple run npm install followed by npm test. It will install mocha and its dependencies in your project "node_modules" directory and run the test suite. The tests run against the CoffeeScript source files.

To generate the JavaScript files, run make build.

The test suite is run online with Travis against the versions 0.9, 0.10 and 0.11 of Node.js.