csv file extension

CSV has abbreviated as Comma Separated Values.

CSV is a format of comma-separated values that contains the data in table format. CSV file is a file extension, a data format for transferring data between software applications.

It contains a data format of comma-separated values.

CSV files data contains table data, and multiple rows, with each row containing multiple columns.

CSV files look like excel files with or without headers. CSV and Excel files are not the same.

CSV files are useful and act as an intermediate step to migrate data between different systems of different formats. It is easy to import and export data into CSV files from Databases.

Notes:

  • Comma Separated Values format
  • Are text files, that contains data in tablur format for storing data, easy to readable by humans
  • Each line of a CSV file is a record
  • Record conains multiple columns of delimiter
  • Delimeter is comma (,) by default. You can use other delimiters tab(\t), pipe(|) and Semicolon(;)

Advantages of CSV file extension

  • It is human-readable for simple data storage with comma format
  • Support all popular languages - GO, Java, Python, JavaScript, etc.
  • Easy to create and save
  • Support large data sets
  • Standard format to read faster compared with other files.
  • Maintainable
  • Read and write capabilities
  • the content of these files looks like an excel sheet

CSV file Disadvantages

  • No support for binary data, and on special characters
  • Comments are not supported
  • Only basic types string supported,
  • It is very difficult to differentiate Text and numbers

CSV file use cases

  • CSV can be used in any type of project for data storage
  • Data import and export between different components, frameworks, and software

CSV file extension

create a text file with the extension .csv, You can use any IDE or text editor to open this file.

CSV File extension rules

  • CSV files extension is .csv by default
  • file supports UTF-8 encoding format only
  • Supports whitespaces, tabs, and newlines asci code

CSV MIME format type - text/CSV

MIME is abbreviated as Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions which is a format specified in request and response that is transferred between client and server across the internet. Content-Type and Accept headers in a request object are specified with this format following is the mime type for these documents.

text/CSV

and request contains the below value for CSV data sending over the internet

Content-type: text/CSV

How o you open CSV files

All the popular IDE supports the CSV file extension and provides plugins to validate this file content.

  • Notepad++
  • Eclipse
  • Visual Studio Code
  • Excel
  • Notepad

What CSV means?

CSV is a text file that contains values separated by a comma.