What is and How to Open CSV File in Windows, MAC and online

Comma Separated Value file definition and 4 other types and linked programs information.


The File extension csv is used by the following type(s):

Default file extension for .csv type: Comma Separated Value files

The CSV file extension is associated with Comma Separated Value format.

A comma-separated values file is a simple text format for a database table. Each line in the CSV file corresponds to a row in the table. Within the line, fields are separated by commas, each field belonging to one table column.

The CSV is a simple file format that is supported by many applications. The .csv files are often used for moving tabular data between two different computer programs. For example between a database program and a spreadsheet.

First CSV files appeared in early 70s, and as such predate any currently used technology.

However the format is still popular even today and used for various purposes, such as used as an export / import format for contacts in Microsoft Oultook and Live Messenger.

MIME: text/comma-separated-values, text/csv, text/anytext, application/csv, application/excel, application/vnd.msexce, application/vnd.ms-excel

Programs that open csv files:

  • Ability Spreadsheet (Windows)
  • Ashampoo Office
  • Corel Quattro Pro
  • CSV Table Pro (Blackberry)
  • Excel Mobile (Windows Mobile)
  • gedit (Linux)
  • GNU Emacs (Linux)
  • IBM Lotus Symphony (multiplatform software)
  • LibreOffice Calc (multiplatform software)
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Office for Mac (Apple OS X)
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Outlook Express
  • Microsoft NotePad
  • NeoOffice (Apple OS X)
  • NotePad++ text editor
  • OfficeSuite (Nokia Symbian)
  • OfficeSuite Professional (Google Android)
  • OpenOffice.org Calc (multiplatform software)
  • PlanMaker (Microsoft Windows)
  • PrimoOnline
  • SoftMaker Office
  • TextEdit (Apple OS X)

Boso View Express railway structure files

The CSV file extension is used for railway and structure files in the Japanese train driving simulator called Boso View Express.Programs
that open csv files:

  • Boso View Express (Microsoft Windows)
  • OfficeSuite Classic (other devices) (Windows Phone/Metro)
  • OfficeSuite Viewer (Google Android)


CompuShow adjusted EGA/VGA palette

EGA/VGA palette used by CompuShow.Programs
that open csv files:

(Microsoft Windows)


LucasArts The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition hint files

File extension is used by LucasArts The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition computer game for Xbox and PC Windows platform. Binary file with all the hints.Programs
that open csv files:

  • The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition