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CLI - convert ods to csv with semicolon as delimiter [closed]

asked 2013-08-28 20:54:16 +0200

Klau3 gravatar image

updated 2015-08-28 13:45:34 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

I would like to know how to convert a spreadsheet .ods file to a semicolon separated .csv file using the command line.

That's what I got so fare ↓ but couldn't find any information about how to set the delimiter.

soffice --headless --convert-to csv test.ods
unoconv -e FilterOptions=59,34,0,1,1/5/2/1/3/1/4/1 -f csv test.ods

... a comma separated csv file is nearly useless.

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answered 2013-08-29 04:53:20 +0200

oweng gravatar image

updated 2015-02-27 07:49:20 +0200

Bug fdo#36313 describes an enhancement (coming in v4.4) to the infilter argument that may assist in handling. The answer by @Mikeyy indicates a further option via an additional parameter to the --convert-to argument. It appears from another answer that the FilterOptions argument can also be used effectively.

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Unoconv should allow the user to set the delimiter, but there seems to be a bug #161 (first number of the FilterOptions is the delimiter number in hex).

Klau3 gravatar imageKlau3 ( 2013-08-29 10:54:39 +0200 )edit

Ah, OK. Thus the "59" (decimal of the Unicode value for semi-colon) in your example. Thanks for reporting back.

oweng gravatar imageoweng ( 2013-08-30 02:07:46 +0200 )edit

Here is the LO bug #68786. I couldn't find the "filters and storage" category in spreadsheet so I selected 'FILTER'. Also I have no clue on how to mark it as enhancement bug. Lets see what the dev's think about it.

Klau3 gravatar imageKlau3 ( 2013-08-31 12:53:42 +0200 )edit

Thanks. I have confirmed it and set the Severity to enhancement (you can't do this via the BSA).

oweng gravatar imageoweng ( 2013-08-31 15:01:47 +0200 )edit

answered 2015-02-18 22:42:12 +0200

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updated 2015-02-18 22:43:30 +0200

This works also:

soffice --headless --convert-to csv:"Text - txt - csv (StarCalc)":"59,ANSI,1" test.ods

Is there a way to mark which sheet number I want to convert when there is more then 1 sheet in document?

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answered 2014-10-16 11:34:46 +0200

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unoconv -f csv -e FilterOptions="59,34,0,1" test.ods

Works fine! tested using Mac OSX 10.10

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answered 2015-10-29 02:18:31 +0200

In this URL you could find an old list of filters to use in --convert-to extension:filter

I hope you like it:

In this URL is not included: --convert-to xlsx:"Calc MS Excel 2007 XML"

In my case works like a charm this way:

$ /opt/libreoffice4.4/program/soffice --nologo --headless --convert-to xlsx:"Calc MS Excel 2007 XML" file_exported.csv

Tuns soffice in the background converting a CSV file to Excel format; this command creates the Excel File: file_exported.xlsx in MS Excel 2007 format.

I hope this help.

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answered 2013-08-29 07:39:25 +0200

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if you don't stick to the conversion using the command line you can do the following:

Have your ods-file open
Save As > Text CSV (.csv) > Save
click: Use Text CSV Format
Character set: you need to select what suits your usage of the CSV file (I am using UFT-8)
Field delimiter: select >semicolon<
Text limiter: select what you need ( I keep it at >"<)
Check what you need for your application among the following next 4 checkboxes ( check only the first item)
Click: OK

In the same way you can create csv-file with comma, semicolon, colon, tab, and space as field delimiter and choose other elements needed for an application requiring a special csv-file format.

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Doing stuff with the command line allows automatisation and thats the reason why I don't want to use the UI.

Klau3 gravatar imageKlau3 ( 2013-08-29 10:47:03 +0200 )edit

I am aware that the command line is / might be faster, I never used it. I just wanted to give you a workaround

ROSt52 gravatar imageROSt52 ( 2013-08-29 12:51:22 +0200 )edit

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