Filters and truncates CSV files. Like the Unix “cut” command, but for tabular data:

usage: csvcut [-h] [-d DELIMITER] [-t] [-q QUOTECHAR] [-u {0,1,2,3}] [-b]
              [-p ESCAPECHAR] [-z FIELD_SIZE_LIMIT] [-e ENCODING] [-S] [-H]
              [-v] [-l] [--zero] [-V] [-n] [-c COLUMNS] [-C NOT_COLUMNS] [-x]

Filter and truncate CSV files. Like the Unix "cut" command, but for tabular

positional arguments:
  FILE                  The CSV file to operate on. If omitted, will accept
                        input on STDIN.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -n, --names           Display column names and indices from the input CSV
                        and exit.
  -c COLUMNS, --columns COLUMNS
                        A comma separated list of column indices or names to
                        be extracted. Defaults to all columns.
  -C NOT_COLUMNS, --not-columns NOT_COLUMNS
                        A comma separated list of column indices or names to
                        be excluded. Defaults to no columns.
  -x, --delete-empty-rows
                        After cutting, delete rows which are completely empty.

See also: Arguments common to all tools.


csvcut does not implement row filtering, for this you should pipe data to csvgrep.


Print the indices and names of all columns:

csvcut -n examples/realdata/FY09_EDU_Recipients_by_State.csv
  1: State Name
  2: State Abbreviate
  3: Code
  4: Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty
  5: Montgomery GI Bill- Selective Reserve
  6: Dependents' Educational Assistance
  7: Reserve Educational Assistance Program
  8: Post-Vietnam Era Veteran's Educational Assistance Program
  9: TOTAL

Extract the first and third columns:

csvcut -c 1,3 examples/realdata/FY09_EDU_Recipients_by_State.csv

Extract columns named “TOTAL” and “State Name” (in that order):

csvcut -c TOTAL,"State Name" examples/realdata/FY09_EDU_Recipients_by_State.csv

Add line numbers to a file, making no other changes:

csvcut -l examples/realdata/FY09_EDU_Recipients_by_State.csv

Extract a column that may not exist in all files:

echo d, | csvjoin examples/dummy.csv - | csvcut -c d
echo d, | csvjoin examples/join_no_header_row.csv - | csvcut -c d

Display a column’s unique values:

csvcut -c 1 examples/realdata/FY09_EDU_Recipients_by_State.csv | sed 1d | sort | uniq