CSV data parser for PHP
ParseCsv is an easy-to-use PHP class that reads and writes CSV data properly. It fully conforms to the specifications outlined on the on the Wikipedia article (and thus RFC 4180). It has many advanced features which help make your life easier when dealing with CSV data.
You may not need a library at all: before using ParseCsv, please make sure if PHP's own
fputcsv() meets your needs.
This library was originally created in early 2007 by jimeh due to the lack of built-in and third-party support for handling CSV data in PHP.
- ParseCsv is a complete and fully featured CSV solution for PHP
- Supports enclosed values, enclosed commas, double quotes and new lines.
- Automatic delimiter character detection.
- Sort data by specific fields/columns.
- Easy data manipulation.
- Basic SQL-like conditions, offset and limit options for filtering data.
- Error detection for incorrectly formatted input. It attempts to be intelligent, but can not be trusted 100% due to the structure of CSV, and how different programs like Excel for example outputs CSV data.
- Support for character encoding conversion using PHP's
- Supports PHP 5.5 and higher. It certainly works with PHP 7.2 and all versions in between.
Installation is easy using Composer. Just run the following on the command line:
composer require parsecsv/php-parsecsv
If you don't use a framework such as Drupal, Laravel, Symfony, Yii etc., you may have to manually include Composer's autoloader file in your PHP script:
require_once __DIR__ . '/vendor/autoload.php';
Not recommended, but technically possible: you can also clone the
repository or extract the
To use ParseCSV, you then have to add a
require 'parsecsv.lib.php'; line.
Parse a tab-delimited CSV file with encoding conversion
$csv = new \ParseCsv\Csv(); $csv->encoding('UTF-16', 'UTF-8'); $csv->delimiter = "\t"; $csv->parseFile('data.tsv'); print_r($csv->data);
Auto-detect field delimiter character
$csv = new \ParseCsv\Csv(); $csv->auto('data.csv'); print_r($csv->data);
Parse data with offset
- ignoring the first X (e.g. two) rows
$csv = new \ParseCsv\Csv(); $csv->offset = 2; $csv->parseFile('data.csv'); print_r($csv->data);
Limit the number of returned data rows
$csv = new \ParseCsv\Csv(); $csv->limit = 5; $csv->parseFile('data.csv'); print_r($csv->data);
Get total number of data rows without parsing whole data
- Excluding heading line if present (see $csv->header property)
$csv = new \ParseCsv\Csv(); $csv->loadFile('data.csv'); $count = $csv->getTotalDataRowCount(); print_r($count);
Get most common data type for each column
$csv = new \ParseCsv\Csv('data.csv'); $csv->getDatatypes(); print_r($csv->data_types);
Modify data in a CSV file
Change data values:
$csv = new \ParseCsv\Csv(); $csv->sort_by = 'id'; $csv->parseFile('data.csv'); # "4" is the value of the "id" column of the CSV row $csv->data = array('firstname' => 'John', 'lastname' => 'Doe', 'email' => 'firstname.lastname@example.org'); $csv->save();
Enclose each data value by quotes:
$csv = new \ParseCsv\Csv(); $csv->parseFile('data.csv'); $csv->enclose_all = true; $csv->save();
Replace field names or set ones if missing
$csv = new \ParseCsv\Csv(); $csv->fields = ['id', 'name', 'category']; $csv->parseFile('data.csv');
Add row/entry to end of CSV file
Only recommended when you know the exact structure of the file.
$csv = new \ParseCsv\Csv(); $csv->save('data.csv', array(array('1986', 'Home', 'Nowhere', '')), /* append */ true);
Convert 2D array to CSV data and send headers to browser to treat output as a file and download it
Your web app users would call this an export.
$csv = new \ParseCsv\Csv(); $csv->linefeed = "\n"; $header = array('field 1', 'field 2'); $csv->output('movies.csv', $data_array, $header, ',');
For more complex examples, see the
All tests are located in the
tests directory. To execute tests, run the following commands:
composer install composer run test
When pushing code to GitHub, tests will be executed using GitHub Actions. The relevant configuration is in the
.github/workflows/ci.yml. To run the
test action locally, you can execute the following command:
If you discover any security related issues, please email ParseCsv@blaeul.de instead of using GitHub issues.
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Copyright (c) 2014 Jim Myhrberg.
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