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Roo provides an interface to spreadsheets of several sorts.

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Merge pull request #173 from airblade/master

Use actual regular expressions for header "regex"s.
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Roo implements read access for all spreadsheet types and read/write access for Google spreadsheets. It can handle

  • Excelx
  • OpenOffice / LibreOffice
  • CSV

Additional libraries

In addition, the roo-xls and roo-google gems exist to Google Spreadsheet add classic Excel handling capabilities to roo.


require 'roo'

s ="myspreadsheet.ods")      # loads an OpenOffice Spreadsheet
s ="myspreadsheet.ods", :password => "password") # loads an encrypted OpenOffice Spreadsheet
s ="myspreadsheet.xlsx")         # loads an Excel Spreadsheet for Excel .xlsx files
s ="mycsv.csv")                     # loads a CSV file

# You can use CSV to load TSV files, or files of a certain encoding by passing
# in options under the :csv_options key
s ="mytsv.tsv", csv_options: {col_sep: "\t"}) # TSV
s ="mycsv.csv", csv_options: {encoding: Encoding::ISO_8859_1}) # csv with explicit encoding

s.default_sheet = s.sheets.first             # first sheet in the spreadsheet file will be used

# s.sheets is an array which holds the names of the sheets within
# a spreadsheet.
# you can also write
# s.default_sheet = s.sheets[3] or
# s.default_sheet = 'Sheet 3'

s.cell(1,1)                                 # returns the content of the first row/first cell in the sheet
s.cell('A',1)                               # same cell
s.cell(1,'A')                               # same cell
s.cell(1,'A',s.sheets[0])                   # same cell

# almost all methods have an optional argument 'sheet'.
# If this parameter is omitted, the default_sheet will be used.                                      # Returns basic info about the spreadsheet file

s.first_row                                 # the number of the first row
s.last_row                                  # the number of the last row
s.first_column                              # the number of the first column
s.last_column                               # the number of the last column

# limited font information is available


# Roo::Spreadsheet requires spreadsheet gem
require 'spreadsheet'

# can accept both files and paths

xls ='./new_prices.xls')

# If the File.path or provided path string does not have an extension, you can optionally
# provide one as a string or symbol

xls ='./rails_temp_upload', extension: :xls)

# no more setting xls.default_sheet, just use this


# excel likes to create random "Data01" sheets for macros
# use this to find the sheet with the most data to parse


# this excel file has multiple worksheets, let's iterate through each of them and process

xls.each_with_pagename do |name, sheet|
  p sheet.row(1)

# pull out a hash of exclusive column data (get rid of useless columns and save memory)

xls.each(:id => 'UPC',:qty => 'ATS') {|hash| arr << hash}
#=> hash will appear like {:upc=>727880013358, :qty => 12}

# NOTE: .parse does the same as .each, except it returns an array (similar to each vs. map)

# not sure exactly what a column will be named? try a wildcard search with a regex

xls.parse(:id => /UPC|SKU/,:qty => /ATS*\sATP\s*QTY\z/)

# if you need to locate the header row and assign the header names themselves,
# use the :header_search option

xls.parse(:header_search => [/UPC*SKU/,/ATS*\sATP\s*QTY\z/])
#=> each element will appear in this fashion:
#=> {"UPC" => 123456789012, "STYLE" => "987B0", "COLOR" => "blue", "QTY" => 78}

# want to strip out annoying unicode characters and surrounding white space?

xls.parse(:clean => true)

# another bonus feature is a patch to prevent the Spreadsheet gem from parsing
# thousands and thousands of blank lines. i got fed up after watching my computer
# nearly catch fire for 4 hours for a spreadsheet with only 200 ACTUAL lines
# - located in lib/roo/worksheet.rb

# if you want to load and stream .xlsx rows

s ="./test_data/test_small.xlsx")
s.each_row_streaming do |row|
    puts row.inspect # Array of Excelx::Cell objects
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