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GroovyCSV is a library for Groovy which aims to make csv data easier (and more idiomatically Groovy) to work with. The library was inspired by @goeh's ExcelBuilder that lets you iterate over rows in the excel file using eachLine and access values using the column names.


  • Value-access by header name or position
  • Iteration using the ordinary collection methods (findAll, collect and so on)
  • Support for guessing separator and/or quote character
  • Support for reading csv without headers
  • Support for skipping initial lines of the csv


The parse method returns an iterator over the rows in the csv. This means we can use any of the default groovy ways to iterate, in this example we see the for each loop in use.

import static com.xlson.groovycsv.CsvParser.parseCsv

def csv = '''Name,Lastname

def data = parseCsv(csv)
for(line in data) {
    println "$line.Name $line.Lastname"

The parse method takes a String or a Reader as argument.


Mark Andersson
Pete Hansen

Getting GroovyCSV

GroovyCSV is available through Maven Central.

Maven & Ivy configuration

Latest stable

  • GroupId: com.xlson.groovycsv
  • ArtifactId: groovycsv
  • Version: 1.3

Latest snapshot


GroovyCSV 1.3


Many thanks to everyone who's contributed to the project and everyone in the OpenCSV team for doing all the heavy lifting.


GroovyCSV uses Gradle for building as is packaged with the gradle wrapper which will download and install gradle for you behind the scenes the first time you run it.

Build instruction

  1. Fetch the latest code: git clone git://
  2. (Optional) Run the tests using the gradle wrapper ./gradlew test
  3. Go to the project directory and run: ./gradlew jar

You will find the built jar in ./build/libs. If you need any dependencies you can download them using ./gradlew downloadDeps, they end up in the lib folder.