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How to read a CSV file with Node.js

A quick tutorial to read data from a CSV file using Node.js

Many different npm modules let you read from a CSV file.

Most of them are based on streams, like csv-parser or node-csv.

Those are great to deal with CSV in a production system.

I like to keep things simple when I don't have performance in mind. For example, for a one-time parsing of CSV that I had to do to consolidate my backend systems.

To do so, I used neat-csv, a package that exposes the csv-parser functionality to a simple async/await interface.

Install it using npm install neat-csv and require it in your app:

const neatCsv = require('neat-csv');

then load the CSV from the filesystem and invoke neatCsv passing the content of the file:

const fs = require('fs')

fs.readFile('./file.csv', async (err, data) => {
  if (err) {
  console.log(await neatCsv(data))

Now you can start doing whatever you need to do with the data, which is formatted as a JavaScript array of objects.

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