CSV File Extension

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Comma Separated Values Format
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What is CSV file?

CSV is a file format that stores various types of data saved in character-separated text sets, typically with a comma character, hence the format’s name - Comma Separated Value. CSV standard is defined in RFC 4180. Data records are separated using new line character, while record values are commonly enclosed in double-quote characters. First line in CSV file contains field names, although CSV specification doesn’t define its header structure. Record fields may be separated using:

  • Commas,
  • Semicolons,
  • Tabs,
  • Other characters – consistently used for given document.

CSV files are used for storing, importing, and exporting data in well-defined, platform-independent format. As the choice of separator character is unrestricted, it can sometimes cause issues during conversion, therefore data import wizards or filters must offer an option to configure the separator to be used, as is the case with various office-type applications. Most programming languages offer a dedicated libraries designed for importing and man a ging CSV files.

Conversion of a CSV file

When you install one of the applications from the list of programs that you found here, you should be able to open or edit the file with the CSV extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of CSV file conversion to a different format.

File Conversions from CSV extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to CSV file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the CSV file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the CSV file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the CSV file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the CSV file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the CSV file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the CSV file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

Do you want to help?

If you have additional information about the CSV file, we will be grateful if you share it with our users. To do this, use the form here and send us your information on CSV file.

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