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Python CSV

Kevin Faust
Kevin Faust
15,353 Points

python csv workshop help


import csv

with open('museum.csv', newline='') as csvfile:
  artreader = csv.reader(csvfile, delimiter='|')
  rows = list(artreader)
  for row in rows[1:3]:
    print(', '.join(row))

can someone explain what newline='' and delimiter='|' do?

what does artreader contain after we do csv.reader(...)?

since i dont have the museum.csv file, it is hard for me to understand any of this

3 Answers

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,063 Points

From the CSV docs:

> can someone explain what newline='' and delimiter='|' do?

Files should be opened with newline=''. If newline='' is not specified, newlines embedded inside quoted fields will not be interpreted correctly, and on platforms that use \r\n linendings on write an extra \r will be added. It should always be safe to specify newline='', since the csv module does its own (universal) newline handling. (src)

The delimiter is the character separating the fields in the line of text. delimter='|' means "`use the pipe character (|) as the marker between the fields. Defaults to comma. (src)

> what does artreader contain after we do csv.reader(...)?

csv..reader() Return a reader object which will iterate over lines in the given csvfile (src). When wrapped by the list() function, it will create a list of all the rows in the file where each row is a list of all the elements.

Kevin Faust
Kevin Faust
15,353 Points

i still dont get newline='' and delimeter. i found a sample csv file online and the results with/without newline='' are the same. same with delimeter

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,063 Points

The difference is the End-of-Lines between the \r\n (PC) and the \n (Mac/Linux). If you are on Mac or Linux, using newline or not would be the same.

Depending on the file you chose, if the delimiter in the file is a comma, then specifying the delimiter argument shouldn't matter. If you are specifying a different delimiter than that used in the file, the results should differ.

Great description, Chris! Thanks!

Another way to write csv from files like JSON file

with open('testfile.csv', 'w') as csvfile:
    fieldnames = ['Id', 'Firstname', 'Lastname', 'Course']
    testwriter = csv.DictWriter(csvfile, fieldnames=fieldnames, delimeter='|')

    data = {
        'firstnames': ['Tom', 'James', 'Johnes', 'Jeremy'],
        'lastnames': ['Jay', 'Timmy', 'Tommy', 'Jill'],
        'courses': ['Python', 'Java', 'Web', 'Graphics']
    for i, v in enumerate(data['firstnames'], start=1):
            'Id': i,
            'Firstname': v,
            'Lastname': data['lastnames'][i-1],
            'Course': data['courses'][i-1]