Apache Commons logo Commons CSV™ logo

Parsing an Excel CSV File

To parse an Excel CSV file, write:

Reader in = new FileReader("path/to/file.csv");
Iterable<CSVRecord> records = CSVFormat.EXCEL.parse(in);
for (CSVRecord record : records) {
    String lastName = record.get("Last Name");
    String firstName = record.get("First Name");

Handling Byte Order Marks

To handle files that start with a Byte Order Mark (BOM) like some Excel CSV files, you need an extra step to deal with these optional bytes. You can use the BOMInputStream class from Apache Commons IO for example:

final URL url = ...;
final Reader reader = new InputStreamReader(new BOMInputStream(url.openStream()), "UTF-8");
final CSVParser parser = new CSVParser(reader, CSVFormat.EXCEL.withHeader());
try {
    for (final CSVRecord record : parser) {
        final String string = record.get("SomeColumn");
} finally {