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Introduction
CSV Files
2. Purpose of CSV files
Summary

Instruction

What exactly are CSV files?

CSV files store tabular data as plain text (unformatted content). CSV stands for comma-separated values because each subsequent value in a CSV file is usually (but not always) separated from the previous one by a comma. You can see an example of a CSV below (in the pink text field):

name population capital language
France 65233271 Paris French
Germany 82293457 Berlin German
Spain 46397452 Madrid Spanish
name,population,capital,language
France,65233271,Paris,French
Germany,82293457,Berlin,German
Spain,46397452,Madrid,Spanish

CSV files provide a simple, lightweight way to store and transfer tabular data between various systems; that's why they're so popular.

CSV files are also text files, meaning they can be opened with any text editor and are always human readable. This contrasts with binary files, which contain machine (binary) code with a sequence of zeros and ones.

Exercise

True or False: Answer by assigning True or False to the variable below the given statement.