How to convert excel file to csv file or text file?


 
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# 1  
Old 03-20-2013
How to convert excel file to csv file or text file?

Hi all,

I need to find a way to convert excel file into csv or a text file in linux command. The reason is I have hundreds of files to convert. Another complication is the I need to delete the first 5 lines of the excel file before conversion.

so for instance

input.xls
Code:
description of files
date
la alalalalal
alalall
alalal
var1 var2 var3 var4 var5
1 2 3 4 5

output.csv or text file i want is
Code:
var1 var2 var3 var4 var5
1 2 3 4 5

Hope this is clear. Thanks!
# 2  
Old 03-20-2013
I recall using xls2txt or the like. xls2txt - Google Search After that, the filtering and formatting is simple. The PERL bits even exist to do the newer xlsx.
# 3  
Old 03-20-2013
csv is text... If it's saved as csv, fait accompli.
# 4  
Old 03-21-2013
Above file "input.xls" definitely is neither EXCEL format - which is binary - nor CSV format. It's just a plain, space separated text file, as is "output.csv".

For chopping 5 first lines from text files, use e.g. awk 'NR>5' input.txt
# 5  
Old 03-21-2013
Excel can both understand and create these files, nonetheless.
# 6  
Old 03-22-2013
document converter

We can use a document converter to convert a file from 1 format to another. And it's easily available.
# 7  
Old 03-22-2013
I took it that the input.xls file is xls, just described in text. So you need an xls2txt or xls2csv.

In the excel context, text had columns tab delimited, but CSV is more than comma deilimited, with quoting and quote escape rules. In the following example, this is one row of 3 cells in CSV:
Code:
1,2,"The strange man cried out ""You did't steal my hat, did you?""
I replied ""No, I certainly did not!"""

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