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Comma-Separated Values (CSV) file is a delimited text file that uses a comma to separate values.

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Quick overview


CSV is a format for tabular data, and where you can find attributes that contain geographic information, usually in the form of X and Y coordinates (or latitude and longitude).

The main advantage of this format is that they can be processed quickly and take up very little space.

From Wikipedia:

The CSV file format is not fully standardized. The basic idea of separating fields with a comma is clear, but that idea gets complicated when the field data may also contain commas or even embedded line-breaks. CSV implementations may not handle such field data, or they may use quotation marks to surround the field. Quotation does not solve everything: some fields may need embedded quotation marks, so a CSV implementation may include escape characters or escape sequences.

Tools & Samples

Additional resources

Probably not all the resources are in this list, please use the ArcGIS Search tool looking for: "CSV".

  • awesome-csv - What's Next? - Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.s)

Localized resources


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