xlrd-parser

High performance Excel file parser based on the xlrd library from www.python-excel.org.

xlrd-parser

High performance XLS/XLSX parser based on the xlrd library from www.python-excel.org for efficiently reading Excel files from all versions and all sizes.

This module interfaces with a Python shell to stream JSON fragments from stdout. It is not a port of xlrd from Python to Javascript (which is surely possible) and it does not use native bindings.

  • Much faster and more memory efficient than most alternatives
  • Support for both XLS and XLSX formats
  • Can read multiple sheets
  • Can efficiently stream large files (tested with 250K+ rows)
npm install xlrd-parser

Parsing a file loads the entire file into an object structure composed of a workbook, sheets, rows and cells.

var xlrd = require('xlrd');
 
xlrd.parse('myfile.xlsx', function (errworkbook) {
    // Iterate on sheets 
    workbook.sheets.forEach(function (sheet) {
        console.log('sheet: ' + sheet.name);
        // Iterate on rows 
        sheet.rows.forEach(function (row) {
            // Iterate on cells 
            row.forEach(function (cell) {
                console.log(cell.address + '' + cell.value);
            });
        });
    });
});

Cell values are accurately parsed as native strings, numbers and dates.

For more details on the API, see the included unit tests.

For large files, you may want to stream the data. The stream method returns a familiar EventEmitter instance.

var xlrd = require('xlrd');
 
xlrd.stream('myfile.xlsx').on('open', function (workbook) {
    console.log('successfully opened ' + workbook.file);
}).on('data', function (data) {
 
    var currentWorkbook = data.workbook,
        currentSheet = data.sheet,
        rows = data.rows;
 
    // TODO: handle streaming logic here 
 
}).on('error', function (err) {
    // TODO: handle error here 
}).on('close', function () {
    // TODO: finishing logic here 
});
  • Tested with Node 0.8
  • Tested on Mac OS X 10.8
  • Tested on Ubuntu Linux 12.04 (requires prior installation of curl: apt-get install curl)
  • Python version 2.6+
  • xlrd version 0.7.4+
  • underscore.js
  • bash (installation script)
  • curl (installation script)

Windows platform is not yet supported. I will accept contributions for an alternate install script that will also work on Windows.

  • Cannot parse file selectively (will be addressed in a future release)
  • Does not parse formatting info (might be addressed in a future release)

Many thanks to the authors of the xlrd library (here). It is the best and most efficient open-source library I could find.

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