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csv to text converter

world's simplest csv tool

Free online CSV to plain text converter. Just upload your CSV file in the form below and it will automatically get converted to neatly and evenly aligned text columns. In the tool options, you can specify the column delimiter of the input CSV file (by default it's a comma), the column quote character (by default it's double-quotes), and the comment character (by default it's a hash). You can also get rid of empty CSV lines and choose whether or not to turn the first line of CSV data into output column headers. Created by programmers from team Browserling.

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Input CSV Format

Field separating character.
Enter the character that
separates CSV data fields.
Enter the character that quotes
the CSV data fields.
Enter the character (e.g., "#") to
skip lines used for comments.

Output Text Format

Enable this option to use
CSV column headers as
text column names.
Enable this option to exclude
empty lines from being
converted.

What is a csv to text converter?

This tool transforms Comma Separated Values (CSV) data into nice evenly aligned text columns of fixed width. As CSV files are commonly used for exporting, storing, and sharing data, it has a strict data format, with specific data separation and quoting rules. This strict data format makes it inconvenient to work with CSV files directly. Each comma-separated field can be of different length, making it easy to lose track of which field belongs to which column. To make the CSV data easier to visualize and work with, you can use our program to convert it into a neat text format. The tool finds the maximum length of each CSV column and then right-pads each value with the appropriate number of spaces so that all text columns are aligned evenly. Each column can also have a name and it can be extracted from the header row of the CSV file. If you don't need the headers, you can disable them via the "Headers as Column Names" option. You can also delete empty CSV rows using the "Exclude Empty Lines" option. If the input CSV has a non-standard format (non-comma-separated), you can specify the new delimiter in the options. For absolute precision, you can also specify the symbol used for field quoting and the symbol used for comments to filter out unnecessary information and avoid converting them into output columns. Conversely, if you have text columns that need to be converted to CSV, you can use our reverse tool Convert Text Columns to CSV tool. Csv-abulous!


Csv to text converter examples

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Convert CSV Into Neat Columns

In this example, we transform a CSV file that uses the standard comma as a field separator into neatly formatted text columns. The CSV contains website traffic data, where each line represents a website's page with total visits and unique visitors. Due to the varying lengths of page names, the fields on each line are shifted, making it difficult to read and edit. Therefore, we convert the CSV into columns, resulting in perfectly aligned vertical data that makes it easy to compare traffic on different pages.

page,visits,unique_visitors Homepage,1000,500 About Us,200,150 Services,500,300 Contact,150,100 Blog,300,200
page visits unique_visitors Homepage 1000 500 About Us 200 150 Services 500 300 Contact 150 100 Blog 300 200
Required options
These options will be used automatically if you select this example.
Field separating character.
Enter the character that
separates CSV data fields.
Enter the character that quotes
the CSV data fields.
Enter the character (e.g., "#") to
skip lines used for comments.
Enable this option to use
CSV column headers as
text column names.
Enable this option to exclude
empty lines from being
converted.

Format Animal Info into Columns

In this example, a comma-separated CSV file containing information about various animals is converted into visually appealing data columns. The CSV file starts with headers on the first line, but since it's obvious what the data in each column means, we discard the headers and convert only the data fields. As a result, we obtain three evenly aligned columns: the first one prints the animal's name, the second one shows the habitat, and the third one tells the animal's dietary preference.

animal,habitat,diet Zebra,Savannas,Herbivore Orangutan,Rainforests,Herbivore Tiger,Jungles,Carnivore Giraffe,Savannas,Herbivore Honey bee,Meadows,Herbivore Blue whale,Oceans,Carnivore
Zebra Savannas Herbivore Orangutan Rainforests Herbivore Tiger Jungles Carnivore Giraffe Savannas Herbivore Honey bee Meadows Herbivore Blue whale Oceans Carnivore
Required options
These options will be used automatically if you select this example.
Field separating character.
Enter the character that
separates CSV data fields.
Enter the character that quotes
the CSV data fields.
Enter the character (e.g., "#") to
skip lines used for comments.
Enable this option to use
CSV column headers as
text column names.
Enable this option to exclude
empty lines from being
converted.

Make Flight Data CSV More Readable

In this example, we make CSV flight information much more readable by transforming it into a clear, vertically formatted data structure with four columns. The first column displays the flight number, the second shows the departure city, the third prints the arrival city, and the fourth reflects the airline. The tool also removes empty CSV lines that were accidentally left in the file by the previous data scientist, and it ignores the last line starting with the "#" symbol, which is the comment symbol. Additionally, it makes sure the input is correctly parsed as it uses an unusual input CSV field separator, which is a semicolon ";".

flight;departure;arrival;airline 1234;New York;London;BA 5678;Tokyo;Paris;AF 9012;Berlin;Rome;LH 3456;Sydney;Los Angeles;QF #7890;Sao Paulo;Dubai;EK
flight departure arrival airline 1234 New York London BA 5678 Tokyo Paris AF 9012 Berlin Rome LH 3456 Sydney Los Angeles QF
Required options
These options will be used automatically if you select this example.
Field separating character.
Enter the character that
separates CSV data fields.
Enter the character that quotes
the CSV data fields.
Enter the character (e.g., "#") to
skip lines used for comments.
Enable this option to use
CSV column headers as
text column names.
Enable this option to exclude
empty lines from being
converted.

Pro tips Master online csv tools

You can pass input to this tool via ?input query argument and it will automatically compute output. Here's how to type it in your browser's address bar. Click to try!

https://onlinetools.com/csv/convert-csv-to-text?input=page%2Cvisits%2Cunique_visitors%0AHomepage%2C1000%2C500%0AAbout%20Us%2C200%2C150%0AServices%2C500%2C300%0AContact%2C150%2C100%0ABlog%2C300%2C200&char-delimiter=%252C&char-comments=%2523&char-quote=%2522&convert-headers=true&convert-skip-empty=true

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