Go package to turn arbitrary database/sql query results into CSV files as easily as possible
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A library designed to let you easily turn any arbitrary sql.Rows result from a query into a CSV file with a minimum of fuss.


Importing the package

import (
    _ "github.com/go-sql-driver/mysql" // or the driver of your choice

Dumping a query to a file

// we're assuming you've setup your sql.DB etc elsewhere
rows, _ := db.Query("SELECT * FROM users WHERE something=72")

err := sqltocsv.WriteFile("~/important_user_report.csv", rows)
if err != nil {

Return a query as a CSV download on the world wide web

http.HandleFunc("/", func(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
    rows, _ := db.Query("SELECT * FROM users WHERE something=72")

    w.Header().Set("Content-type", "text/csv")
    w.Header().Set("Content-Disposition", "attachment; filename=\"report.csv\"")

    sqltocsv.Write(w, rows)
http.ListenAndServe(":8080", nil)

Write and WriteFile should do cover the common cases by the power of Sensible Defaults™ but if you need more flexibility you can get an instance of a Converter and fiddle with a few settings.

rows, _ := db.Query("SELECT * FROM users WHERE something=72")

csvConverter := sqltocsv.New(rows)

csvConverter.TimeFormat = time.RFC822
csvConverter.Headers = append(rows.Columns(), "extra_column_one", "extra_column_two")

csvConverter.SetRowPreProcessor(func (columns []string) (bool, []string) {
    // exclude admins from report
    // NOTE: this is a dumb example because "where role != 'admin'" is better
    // but every now and then you need to exclude stuff because of calculations
    // that are a pain in sql and this is a contrived README
    if columns[3] == "admin" {
      return false, []string{}

    extra_column_one = generateSomethingHypotheticalFromColumn(columns[2])
    extra_column_two = lookupSomeApiThingForColumn(columns[4])

    return append(columns, extra_column_one, extra_column_two)


For more details on what else you can do to the Converter see the sqltocsv godocs


© John Barton but under MIT (see LICENSE) except for fakedb_test.go which I lifted from the Go standard library and is under BSD and I am unsure what that means legally.