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Sublime DataConverter

This Sublime Text package converts csv files to various other formats. It's been adapted from the wonderful Mr. Data Converter.

After installing, you'll find commands look like DataConverter: to foo in the Command Palette. DataConverter will convert a selection or multiple selections. If nothing is selected, the entire document is converted.


Turn this:

Alice,10,Apple,"Sep. 12, 2016"
Bob,11,Blueberry,"Sep. 13, 2016"
Chris,12,Orange,"Sep. 14, 2016"

into this (Ruby):

[{"name"=>"Alice", "value"=>10, "fruit"=>"Apple", "date"=>"Sep. 12, 2016"},
{"name"=>"Bob", "value"=>11, "fruit"=>"Blueberry", "date"=>"Sep. 13, 2016"},
{"name"=>"Chris", "value"=>12, "fruit"=>"Orange", "date"=>"Sep. 14, 2016"}];

or this (JSON):

  {"fruit": "Apple", "name": "Alice", "value": "10", "date": "Sep. 12, 2016"},
  {"fruit": "Blueberry", "name": "Bob", "value": "11", "date": "Sep. 13, 2016"},
  {"fruit": "Orange", "name": "Chris", "value": "12", "date": "Sep. 14, 2016"}

Formats supported

  • ActionScript
  • ASP
  • HTML tables
  • Gherkin
  • JIRA (Atlassian Confluence)
  • JSON
  • JSON (array of columns)
  • JSON (array of rows)
  • JSON (object, first column is key)
  • Javascript object
  • Markdown (Github-flavored)
  • Perl
  • PHP (two formats)
  • Python (list of dicts)
  • Python (list of lists)
  • Ruby
  • SQL (Postgres, MySQL and SQLite)
  • text table
  • Wiki markup
  • XML
  • XML (property list)
  • XML for data-driven Adobe Illustrator
  • YAML

Additionally, DataConverter can convert between delimiters. By default, this includes commands to convert to CSV and TSV, and it's possible to add your own delimiter (create a User.sublime-commands file following the pattern in DataConverter.sublime-commands).


With Package Control

If you have Package Control installed, you can install DataConverter from within Sublime Text. Open the Command Palette and enter "Package Control: Install Package", then search for DataConverter.

Without Package Control

Clone the repository into your Sublime Text packages directory:

git clone git://

Without Package Control or Git

Click Download Zip above to download the package. Unzip it, rename the folder "DataConverter" and move it into your Sublime Text 2 packages directory (Preferences > Browse Packages in the application menu).


CSV containing Unicode characters aren't supported in the Sublime Text 2 version of the package. This is due to limitations in the Python 2.6 csv module. Unicode is fully supported in the Sublime Text 3 version of the package.


Submit an issue.


Pull requests with additional formats are encouraged.


DataConverter reads the following options from your settings file (Preferences > Package Settings > DataConverter > Settings - User).


Possible values: "sniff", true, or false.

"headers": "sniff"

When true, the first row is always treated as the header row. When "sniff", DataConverter will sniff for headers (sniffing isn't perfect). When false, DataConverter will assume there are no headers, and use default headers ([val1, val2, ...]).



"dialects": {
  "example": {
    "delimiter": ",",
    "quotechar": "\"",
    "escapechar": "\\",
    "doublequote": false
    "skipinitialspace": false,
    "strict": false,
    "quoting": "QUOTE_MINIMAL"

Defines a dialect for the CSV reader. Check the python docs for a description of how to define a dialect.

DataConverter will try to detect a dialect, but it may fail. Define a dialect with this setting and then tell DataConverter to use it with the use_dialect option.

Note that Python's csv reader is hard-coded to recognise either '\r' or '\n' as end-of-line, and ignores lineterminator.



"use_dialect": "example"

Mandate a dialect for DataConverter to use. Could be a dialect defined in your settings file, or one defined in the csv module ("excel", "excel_tab", "unix_dialect"). This may be useful for specifying custom commands in a .sublime-commands file.



"html_utf8": true

Modern HTML served with a proper character encoding can accept UTF-8 characters. If you're using another charset for your html, set this to false. When false, the 'DataConverter: to HTML Table' function will escape non-ascii characters (e.g. – for –). (XML is always returned with escaped characters.)



"delimiter": ","

DataConverter will try to detect the delimiter used in your data. If it has a problem, it will fall back on this value. This must be one character long. Use "\t" for tab.



"header_joiner": "_"

For formats where keys can't have spaces, field names will be joined with this character. By default, an underscore is used, e.g. 'Col Name' becomes 'Col_Name'. An empty string is OK.



"deselect_after": false

If true: after converting, deselects and moves the pointer to the top. If false: leaves selection(s) in place


"default_variable": "DataConverter"

For some conversions (SQL, ASP), DataConverter must name the table or array being created. By default, it's called 'DataConverter', any string value is accepted.


Sublime Text package for converting CSV data to other formats



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