Streaming CSV Parser. Made entirely out of streams.

npm install csv-streamify
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Parses csv files. Accepts options. Handles weird encodings. No coffee script, no weird APIs. Just streams. Tested against csv-spectrum and used in production.


npm install csv-streamify


This module implements a simple node 0.10.x stream.Transform stream.

Note: csv-streamify pulls in the readable-stream module, so it also works on node 0.8

var csv = require('csv-streamify'),
    fs = require('fs')

var fstream = fs.createReadStream('/path/to/file'),
    parser = csv(options /* optional */, callback /* optional */)

// emits each line as a buffer or as a string representing an array of fields
parser.on('readable', function () {
  var line = parser.read()
  // do stuff with data as it comes in

  // current line number

function callback(err, doc) {
  if (err) return handleErrorGracefully(err)

  // doc is an array of row arrays
  doc.forEach(function (row) { console.log(row) })

// now pump some data into it (and pipe it somewhere else)

Note: If you pass a callback to csv-streamify it will buffer the parsed data for you and pass it to the callback when it's done. This behaviour can obviously lead to out of memory errors with very large csv files.


You can pass some options to the parser. All of them are optional.

The options are also passed to the underlying transform stream, so you can pass in any standard node core stream options.

  delimiter: ',', // comma, semicolon, whatever
  newline: '\n', // newline character (use \r\n for CRLF files)
  quote: '"', // what's considered a quote
  empty: '', // empty fields are replaced by this,

  // specify the encoding of the source if it's something other than utf8
  inputEncoding: '',

  // if true, emit arrays instead of stringified arrays or buffers
  objectMode: false,

  // if set to true, uses first row as keys -> [ { column1: value1, column2: value2 }, ...]
  columns: false

In order for the inputEncoding option to take effect you need to install iconv-lite (npm install iconv-lite --save). Also, take a look at the iconv-lite documentation for supported encodings. (iconv-lite provides pure javascript character encoding conversion -> no native code compilation)


To use on the command line install it globally:

$ npm install csv-streamify -g

This should add the csv-streamify command to your $PATH.

Then, you either pipe data into it or give it a filename:

# pipe data in
$ cat some_data.csv | csv-streamify
# pass a filename
$ csv-streamify some_data.csv > output.json
# tell csv-streamify to read from + wait on stdin
$ csv-streamify -


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Nicolas Hery (objectMode)

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