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Using Apache Commons CSV

Commons CSV reads and writes files in variations of the Comma Separated Value (CSV) format.

The most common CSV formats are predefined in the CSVFormat class:

Custom formats can be created using a fluent style API.


An overview of the functionality is provided in the user guide. Various project reports are also available.

The Javadoc API documents are available online:

The git repository can be browsed.


See the Download Page for the latest releases.

Change reports are also available.

For previous releases, see the Apache Archive

For dependency access methods, see Dependency Information

Building from sources

The latest code can be checked out from our git repository at https://gitbox.apache.org/repos/asf/commons-csv.git. You can build the component using Apache Maven using mvn clean package.

Getting Involved

The commons developer mailing list is the main channel of communication for contributors. Please remember that the lists are shared between all commons components, so prefix your email by [csv].

You can also visit the #apache-commons IRC channel on irc.freenode.net or peruse JIRA. Specific links of interest for JIRA are:

Alternatively you can go through the Needs Work tags in the TagList report.

If you'd like to offer up pull requests via GitHub rather than applying patches to JIRA, we have a GitHub mirror.


The commons mailing lists act as the main support forum. The user list is suitable for most library usage queries. The dev list is intended for the development discussion. Please remember that the lists are shared between all commons components, so prefix your email by [csv].

Bug reports and enhancements are also welcomed via the JIRA issue tracker. Please read the instructions carefully.

About Commons CSV

Commons CSV was started to unify a common and simple interface for reading and writing CSV files under an ASL license. It has been bootstrapped by a code donation from Netcetera in Switzerland. There are three pre-existing BSD compatible CSV parsers which this component will hopefully make redundant (authors willing):

In addition to the code from Netcetera (org.apache.commons.csv), Martin van den Bemt has added an additional writer API.

Other CSV implementations: