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Stack up the rows from multiple CSV files, optionally adding a grouping value to each row:

usage: csvstack [-h] [-d DELIMITER] [-t] [-q QUOTECHAR] [-u {0,1,2,3}] [-b]
                [-p ESCAPECHAR] [-z FIELD_SIZE_LIMIT] [-e ENCODING] [-S] [-H]
                [-K SKIP_LINES] [-v] [-l] [--zero] [-V] [-g GROUPS]
                [-n GROUP_NAME] [--filenames]
                FILE [FILE ...]

Stack up the rows from multiple CSV files, optionally adding a grouping value.
Files are assumed to have the same columns in the same order.

positional arguments:
  FILE                  The CSV file(s) to operate on. If omitted, will accept
                        input as piped data via STDIN.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -g GROUPS, --groups GROUPS
                        A comma-separated list of values to add as "grouping
                        factors", one for each CSV being stacked. These are
                        added to the output as a new column. You may specify a
                        name for the new column using the -n flag.
  -n GROUP_NAME, --group-name GROUP_NAME
                        A name for the grouping column, e.g. "year". Only used
                        when also specifying -g.
  --filenames           Use the filename of each input file as its grouping
                        value. When specified, -g will be ignored.

See also: Arguments common to all tools.


Joining a set of homogeneous files for different years:

csvstack -g 2009,2010 examples/realdata/FY09_EDU_Recipients_by_State.csv examples/realdata/Datagov_FY10_EDU_recp_by_State.csv

Joining files with the same columns but in different orders, in Bash, assuming the header row does not contain newlines:

csvstack file1.csv <(csvcut -c `head -1 file1.csv` file2.csv)

Add a single column to the left of a CSV:

csvstack -n NEWCOL -g "" examples/dummy.csv


Christopher Groskopf


Jan 20, 2023 1.1.0 csvkit