.TSV File Extension

.TSV File Extension

File Type 1

Tab-Separated Values File

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Popularity
3.5  |  83 Votes
Category Data Files
Format Text

What is a TSV file?

A TSV file is a tab-separated values file commonly used by spreadsheet applications to exchange data between databases. It stores a data table in which each record in the table is on a separate line, and data columns are separated by tabs.

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Screenshot of a .tsv file in Microsoft Excel 365
TSV file open in Microsoft Excel 365

The TSV format is one of the most common formats for transferring data between applications and databases. It is an alternative format to .CSV, which is another popular format for exporting spreadsheet data. However, CSV files use commas to separate columns of data instead of tabs.

TSV files are especially helpful for transferring data saved in a proprietary format into another program that does not support the format. For example, you can export email addresses in a spreadsheet application to a TSV file to upload it to an online emailing service. Or, you can export financial information from an online financial service to a TSV file, then import the file into a spreadsheet application.

NOTE: TSV files may also be saved as .TAB files.

How do I open a TSV file?

You can open TSV files with a large number of applications, including Microsoft Excel (multiplatform) and OpenOffice Calc (multiplatform).

You can upload TSV files to Google Sheets to view, edit, save, and convert the files. You can also open TSV files on mobile devices with Google Sheets (Android and iOS) and TSV File Viewer (Android).

Since TSV files are saved as plain text, you can open them with a plain text editor, such as Microsoft Notepad (bundled with Windows) and Apple TextEdit (bundled with macOS).

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Programs that open or reference TSV files

Updated August 12, 2021
File Type 2

Digital Receiver Video Recording File

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Popularity
3.7  |  14 Votes
Category Video Files
Format N/A

What is a TSV file?

A TSV file contains a recording of a television program and is created by various digital TV or satellite receivers, such as Tiger I555 and Freeview. It stores video in the Advanced Video Coding (AVC) format, audio in the MPEG-1 format, and text in the Teletext subtitle format.

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TSV files are created by a digital satellite receiver to store a television program set to be recorded by a user. The program can then be played back by the user.

TSV files are typically encrypted by the digital satellite receiver, which means they are most likely only supported by the digital receiver that created them. However, if the recordings are not encrypted by the digital receiver, you can play your TSV files with several video players.

Some of these players are the Codec Guide K-Lite Codec Pack, Media Player Classic, and VideoLAN VLC media player. You can also convert TSV files that are not encrypted with Aiseesoft Free Video Converter and VideoLAN VLC media player.

Programs that open or reference TSV files

Windows
Supported by the digital receiver that created the TSV file
Mac
Supported by the digital receiver that created the TSV file
Linux
Supported by the digital receiver that created the TSV file
Updated April 15, 2020

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