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.CSV File Extension

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File TypeComma Separated Values File

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This file is saved in a plain text format. You can open and view the contents of this file using a text editor.

What is a CSV file?

A CSV file is a comma separated values file. It contains plain text data sets separated by commas with each new line in the CSV file representing a new database row and each database row consisting of one or more fields separated by a comma. CSV files can be organized into cells by a spreadsheet program or inserted into a database.

More Information

The CSV data exchange format is supported by a large amount of personal, business, and scientific programs. Because of its wide support the format is especially useful in transferring tabular data between programs. For example, you can export thousands of contacts from an email service to a CSV file then import the file into an address organizer.

NOTE: CSV files are commonly used for transferring data between databases in a simple text-based format.

Programs that open CSV files
File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Excel 2016
Corel Quattro Pro X7
Apache OpenOffice
Microsoft Notepad
Intuit Quicken
Any text editor
Microsoft Excel 2016
Planamesa NeoOffice
Apache OpenOffice
Any text editor
Apache OpenOffice
Intuit QuickBooks Canada
Sage One
MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro
MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro
Updated 7/21/2016

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