json2csv

Convert json to csv with column titles

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Convert json to csv

Converts json into csv with column titles and proper line endings. Can be used as a module and from the command line.

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How to use

Install

$ npm install json2csv

Include the module and run

var json2csv = require('json2csv');

json2csv({data: someJSONData, fields: ['field1', 'field2', 'field3']}, function(err, csv) {
  if (err) console.log(err);
  console.log(csv);
});

Features

  • Uses proper line endings on various operating systems
  • Handles double quotes
  • Allows custom column selection
  • Reads column selection from file
  • Pretty writing to stdout
  • Supports optional custom delimiters
  • Not create CSV column title by passing hasCSVColumnTitle: false, into params.
  • If field is not exist in object then the field value in CSV will be empty.

Use as a module

Example 1

var json2csv = require('json2csv');

var json = [
  {
    "car": "Audi",
    "price": 40000,
    "color": "blue"
  }, {
    "car": "BMW",
    "price": 35000,
    "color": "black"
  }, {
    "car": "Porsche",
    "price": 60000,
    "color": "green"
  }
];

json2csv({data: json, fields: ['car', 'price', 'color']}, function(err, csv) {
  if (err) console.log(err);
  fs.writeFile('file.csv', csv, function(err) {
    if (err) throw err;
    console.log('file saved');
  });
});

The content of the "file.csv" should be

car, price, color
"Audi", 40000, "blue"
"BMW", 35000, "black"
"Porsche", 60000, "green"

Example 2

Similarly to mongoexport you can choose which fields to export

json2csv({data: json, fields: ['car', 'color']}, function(err, csv) {
  if (err) console.log(err);
  console.log(csv);
});

Results in

car, color
"Audi", "blue"
"BMW", "black"
"Porsche", "green"

Example 3

Use a custom delimiter to create tsv files. Add it as the value of the del property on the parameters:

json2csv({data: json, fields: ['car', 'price', 'color'], del: '\t'}, function(err, tsv) {
  if (err) console.log(err);
  console.log(tsv);
});

Will output:

car price color
"Audi"  10000 "blue"
"BMW" 15000 "red"
"Mercedes"  20000 "yellow"
"Porsche" 30000 "green"

If no delimiter is specified, the default , is used

Example 4

You can choose custom column names for the exported file.

json2csv({data: json, fields: ['car', 'price'], fieldNames: ['Car Name', 'Price USD']}, function(err, csv) {
  if (err) console.log(err);
  console.log(csv);
});

Results in

"Car Name", "Price USD"
"Audi", "blue"
"BMW", "black"
"Porsche", "green"

Command Line Interface

json2csv can also be called from the command line

Usage: json2csv [options]

Options:

  -h, --help              output usage information
  -V, --version           output the version number
  -i, --input <input>     Path and name of the incoming json file.
  -o, --output [output]   Path and name of the resulting csv file. Defaults to console.
  -f, --fields <fields>   Specify the fields to convert.
  -l, --fieldList [list]  Specify a file with a list of fields to include. One field per line.
  -d, --delimiter [delim] Specify a delimiter other than the default comma to use.
  -p, --pretty            Use only when printing to console. Logs output in pretty tables.

An input file -i and fields -f are required. If no output -o is specified the result is logged to the console. Use -p to show the result in a beautiful table inside the console.

CLI examples

Input file and specify fields

$ json2csv -i input.json -f carModel,price,color
carModel,price,color
"Audi",10000,"blue"
"BMW",15000,"red"
"Mercedes",20000,"yellow"
"Porsche",30000,"green"

Input file, specify fields and use pretty logging

$ json2csv -i input.json -f carModel,price,color -p

Screenshot

Input file, specify fields and write to file

$ json2csv -i input.json -f carModel,price,color -o out.csv

Content of out.csv is

carModel,price,color
"Audi",10000,"blue"
"BMW",15000,"red"
"Mercedes",20000,"yellow"
"Porsche",30000,"green"

Input file, use field list and write to file

The file fieldList contains

carModel
price
color

Use the following command with the -l flag

$ json2csv -i input.json -l fieldList -o out.csv

Content of out.csv is

carModel,price,color
"Audi",10000,"blue"
"BMW",15000,"red"
"Mercedes",20000,"yellow"
"Porsche",30000,"green"

Read from stdin

$ json2csv -f price
[{"price":1000},{"price":2000}]

Hit Enter and afterwards CTRL + D to end reading from stdin. The terminal should show

price
1000
2000

Testing

Requires mocha, should and async.

Run

$ make test

or

$ npm test

Formatting json2csv

Requires js-beautify.

Run

$ make format

or

$ npm run-script format

Contributors

Install require packages for development run following command under json2csv dir.

Run

$ npm install

Could you please make sure code is formatted and test passed before submit Pull Requests?

See Testing and Formatting json2csv above.

But I want streams!

Check out my other module json2csv-stream. It transforms an incoming stream containing json data into an outgoing csv stream.

License

Copyright (C) 2012 Mirco Zeiss

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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