The File Extensions Database


.CSV File Extension

  • Category: Data Files
  • Format: Text

What is an .CSV file?

.CSV is Comma Separated Values File

A CSV file is a comma separated values file commonly used by spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice Calc. 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 are often opened by spreadsheet programs to be organized into cells or used for transferring data between databases.

CSV file open in Microsoft Excel 2016

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.

The file is also helpful for transferring data saved in a proprietary format, such as an .XLSX file, into another program that does not support the XLSX format. For example, you can export thousands of contacts from an email service to a CSV file then import the file into an address organizer or another email service.

Programs that open Comma Separated Values File
Windows
File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Excel 2016
Corel Quattro Pro X9
Apache OpenOffice
LibreOffice
Microsoft Notepad
Intuit Quicken
GenScriber
Mac
Microsoft Excel 2016
Planamesa NeoOffice
Apache OpenOffice
LibreOffice
GenScriber
Linux
Apache OpenOffice
LibreOffice
GenScriber
iOS
MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro
Android
MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro
Web
FreshBooks
Intuit QuickBooks Canada
Sage One

How to solve problems with CSV files

  • Associate the CSV file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any CSV file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.CSV files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the CSV file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .CSV is Comma Separated Values File. Because only the current version supports the latest CSV file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the N/A manufacturer website after an available .CSV is Comma Separated Values File update.
  • To make sure that your CSV file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.