Monday, 11 January 2010

[Blog post] python reads excel

python reads excel

crossz | January 11, 2010 at 1:12 am | Tags: python tutorial howto | Categories: life | URL:

Use the excellent xlrd package, which works on any platform. That means you can read Excel files from Python in Linux! Example usage:

Open the workbook

import xlrd wb = xlrd.open_workbook('myworkbook.xls')

Check the sheet names


Get the first sheet either by index or by name

sh = wb.sheet_by_index(0) sh = wb.sheet_by_name(u'Sheet1')

Iterate through rows, returning each as a list that you can index:

for rownum in range(sh.nrows):     print sh.row_values(rownum)

If you just want the first column:

first_column = sh.col_values(0)

Index individual cells:

cell_A1 = sh.cell(0,0).value cell_C4 = sh.cell(rowx=3,colx=2).value

(Note Python indices start at zero but Excel starts at one)

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