.CSV File Extension

Comma-Separated Values

Comma-separated values (CSV) file is a plain text format that uses commas to separate values. It stores tabular data where each line represents one data record. Many variations of CSV format exist. Wi...

General Information

Title CSV File Extension
Extension .csv
Full Form Comma-Separated Values
File Type Text File
Developer Various
MIME Type text/csv

File Function

Primary Function Data storage
Additional Functions Data exchange, Import/Export
Features Plain text, Human-readable

File Characteristics

Quality Depends on data
Supports Layers No
Supports Transparency No
Editable Yes

Use Cases

Data Analysis Yes
Data Visualization With software
Database Import/Export Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Embedded scripts
Best Practices Validation, Escape characters

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release Early 1970s
Latest Version No version, Format varies

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .tsv, .txt, .dat

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Microsoft Excel Subscription Windows, Mac, iOS, Android
Google Sheets Free, Paid tiers Web, iOS, Android
OpenOffice Calc Free Windows, Mac, Linux
LibreOffice Calc Free Windows, Mac, Linux