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A wrapper library that provides one API to read, manipulate and write data in different excel formats

Project description

Known constraints

Fonts, colors and charts are not supported.

Feature Highlights

  1. One API to handle multiple data sources:
    • physical file
    • memory file
    • SQLAlchemy table
    • Django Model
    • Python data stuctures: dictionary, records and array
  2. One application programming interface(API) to read and write data in various excel file formats.

Available Plugins

Plugins Supported file formats
pyexcel-io csv, csvz, tsv, tsvz
pyexcel-xls xls, xlsx(r), xlsm(r)
pyexcel-xlsx xlsx
pyexcel-ods ods (python 2.6, 2.7 only)
pyexcel-ods3 ods
pyexcel-text (write only)json, rst, mediawiki,latex, grid, pipe, orgtbl, plain simple


Recently, pyexcel(0.2.2+) and its plugins(0.2.0+) started using newer version of setuptools. Please upgrade your setup tools before install latest pyexcel components:

$ pip install --upgrade setuptools

You can install it via pip:

$ pip install pyexcel

or clone it and install it:

$ git clone
$ cd pyexcel
$ python install

Installation of individual plugins , please refer to individual plugin page.



>>> import pyexcel as pe
>>> an_array = [[1,2]]
>>> sheet = pe.Sheet(an_array)
>>> sheet.json
'{"pyexcel sheet": [[1, 2]]}'

Note: It is available with pyexcel v0.2.1 and pyexcel-text 0.2.0


>>> sheet.tsv

Note: TSV and the rest of the formats are available with pyexcel v0.2.2 and its plugins at version 0.2.0+ only


>>> sheet.csv


Documentation is hosted at read the docs and pyhosted

Development guide

Development steps for code changes

  1. git clone
  2. cd pyexcel
  3. pip install -r rnd_requirements.txt # if such a file exists
  4. pip install -r requirements.txt
  5. pip install -r tests/requirements.txt

In order to update test envrionment, and documentation, additional setps are required:

  1. pip install moban
  2. git clone
  3. make your changes in .moban.d directory, then issue command moban

What is rnd_requirements.txt

Usually, it is created when a depdent library is not released. Once the dependecy is installed(will be released), the future version of the dependency in the requirements.txt will be valid.

What is pyexcel-commons

Many information that are shared across pyexcel projects, such as: this developer guide, license info, etc. are stored in pyexcel-commons project.

What is .moban.d

.moban.d stores the specific meta data for the library.

How to test your contribution

Although nose and doctest are both used in code testing, it is adviable that unit tests are put in tests. doctest is incorporated only to make sure the code examples in documentation remain valid across different development releases.

On Linux/Unix systems, please launch your tests like this:

$ make test

On Windows systems, please issue this command:

> test.bat


New BSD License


All great work have done by odf, ezodf(2), xlrd, xlwt, tabulate and other individual developers. This library unites only the data access code.

Change log

0.2.4 - 14.07.2016


  1. For python 2, writing to sys.stdout by pyexcel-cli raise IOError.

0.2.3 - 11.07.2016


  1. For python 3, do not seek 0 when saving to memory if sys.stdout is passed on. Hence, adding support for sys.stdin and sys.stdout.

0.2.2 - 01.06.2016


  1. Explicit imports, no longer needed
  2. Depends on latest setuptools 18.0.1
  3. NotImplementedError will be raised if parameters to core functions are not supported, e.g. get_sheet(cannot_find_me_option=”will be thrown out as NotImplementedError”)

0.2.1 - 23.04.2016


  1. add pyexcel-text file types as attributes of pyexcel.Sheet and pyexcel.Book, related to issue 31
  2. auto import pyexcel-text if it is pip installed


  1. code refactored sources for easy addition of sources.
  2. bug fix issue 29, Even if the format is a string it is displayed as a float
  3. pyexcel-text is no longer a plugin to pyexcel-io but to pyexcel.sources, see pyexcel-text issue #22


  1. pyexcel.presentation is removed. No longer the internal decorate @outsource is used. related to issue 31

0.2.0 - 17.01.2016


  1. adopt pyexcel-io yield key word to return generator as content
  2. pyexcel.save_as and pyexcel.save_book_as get performance imporvements

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