Converts a CSV file into JSON or GeoJSON (depending on flags):

usage: csvjson [-h] [-d DELIMITER] [-t] [-q QUOTECHAR] [-u {0,1,2,3}] [-b]
               [-p ESCAPECHAR] [-z FIELD_SIZE_LIMIT] [-e ENCODING] [-L LOCALE]
               [-S] [--blanks] [--date-format DATE_FORMAT]
               [--datetime-format DATETIME_FORMAT] [-H] [-K SKIP_LINES] [-v]
               [-l] [--zero] [-V] [-i INDENT] [-k KEY] [--lat LAT] [--lon LON]
               [--crs CRS] [--stream] [-y SNIFF_LIMIT] [-I]

Convert a CSV file into JSON (or GeoJSON).

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
  -i INDENT, --indent INDENT
                        Indent the output JSON this many spaces. Disabled by
  -k KEY, --key KEY     Output JSON as an array of objects keyed by a given
                        column, KEY, rather than as a list. All values in the
                        column must be unique. If --lat and --lon are also
                        specified, this column will be used as GeoJSON Feature
  --lat LAT             A column index or name containing a latitude. Output
                        will be GeoJSON instead of JSON. Only valid if --lon
                        is also specified.
  --lon LON             A column index or name containing a longitude. Output
                        will be GeoJSON instead of JSON. Only valid if --lat
                        is also specified.
  --crs CRS             A coordinate reference system string to be included
                        with GeoJSON output. Only valid if --lat and --lon are
                        also specified.
  --stream              Output JSON as a stream of newline-separated objects,
                        rather than an as an array.
  -y SNIFF_LIMIT, --snifflimit SNIFF_LIMIT
                        Limit CSV dialect sniffing to the specified number of
                        bytes. Specify "0" to disable sniffing entirely.
  -I, --no-inference    Disable type inference (and --locale, --date-format,
                        --datetime-format) when parsing CSV input.

See also: Arguments common to all tools.


Convert veteran’s education dataset to JSON keyed by state abbreviation:

csvjson -k "State Abbreviate" -i 4 examples/realdata/FY09_EDU_Recipients_by_State.csv

Results in a JSON document like:

    "WA": {
        "State Name": "WASHINGTON",
        "State Abbreviate": "WA",
        "Code": 53.0,
        "Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty": 7969.0,
        "Montgomery GI Bill- Selective Reserve": 769.0,
        "Dependents' Educational Assistance": 2192.0,
        "Reserve Educational Assistance Program": 549.0,
        "Post-Vietnam Era Veteran's Educational Assistance Program": 13.0,
        "TOTAL": 11492.0,
        "": null

Converting locations of public art into GeoJSON:

csvjson --lat latitude --lon longitude --k slug --crs EPSG:4269 -i 4 examples/test_geo.csv

Results in a GeoJSON document like:

    "type": "FeatureCollection",
    "bbox": [
    "crs": {
        "type": "name",
        "properties": {
            "name": "EPSG:4269"
    "features": [
            "type": "Feature",
            "id": "dcl",
            "geometry": {
                "type": "Point",
                "coordinates": [
            "properties": {
                "title": "Downtown Coffee Lounge",
                "artist": null,
                "description": "In addition to being the only coffee shop in downtown Tyler, DCL also features regular exhibitions of work by local artists.",
                "install_date": null,
                "address": "200 West Erwin Street",
                "type": "Gallery",
                "photo_url": null,
                "photo_credit": null,
                "last_seen_date": "2012-03-30"
    "crs": {
        "type": "name",
        "properties": {
            "name": "EPSG:4269"