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sql2csv ā€” sql2csv Documentation


Executes arbitrary commands against a SQL database and outputs the results as a CSV:

usage: sql2csv [-h] [-v] [-l] [-V] [--db CONNECTION_STRING] [--query QUERY]
               [-e ENCODING] [-H]

Execute an SQL query on a database and output the result to a CSV file.

positional arguments:
  FILE                  The file to use as SQL query. If both FILE and QUERY
                        are omitted, query will be read from STDIN.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -v, --verbose         Print detailed tracebacks when errors occur.
  -l, --linenumbers     Insert a column of line numbers at the front of the
                        output. Useful when piping to grep or as a simple
                        primary key.
  -V, --version         Display version information and exit.
                        An sqlalchemy connection string to connect to a
  --query QUERY         The SQL query to execute. If specified, it overrides
                        FILE and STDIN.
  -e ENCODING, --encoding ENCODING
                        Specify the encoding of the input query file.
  -H, --no-header-row   Do not output column names.


Load sample data into a table using csvsql and then query it using sql2csv:

csvsql --db "sqlite:///dummy.db" --tables "test" --insert examples/dummy.csv
sql2csv --db "sqlite:///dummy.db" --query "select * from test"

Load data about financial aid recipients into PostgreSQL. Then find the three states that received the most, while also filtering out empty rows:

createdb recipients
csvsql --db "postgresql:///recipients" --tables "fy09" --insert examples/realdata/FY09_EDU_Recipients_by_State.csv
sql2csv --db "postgresql:///recipients" --query "select * from fy09 where \"State Name\" != '' order by fy09.\"TOTAL\" limit 3"

You can even use it as a simple SQL calculator (in this example an in-memory SQLite database is used as the default):

sql2csv --query "select 300 * 47 % 14 * 27 + 7000"

The connection string accepts parameters. For example, to set the encoding of a MySQL database:

sql2csv --db 'mysql://user:pass@host/database?charset=utf8' --query "SELECT myfield FROM mytable"


Christopher Groskopf


Oct 15, 2017 1.0.2 csvkit