How can I read a local file with Papa Parse?

How can I read a local file with Papa Parse? I have a file locally called challanges.csv, but after many tried I can't parse it with Papa Parse.

var data;

Papa.parse('challanges.csv', {
  header: true,
  dynamicTyping: true,
  complete: function(results) {
    console.log(results);
    data = results.data;
  }
});

As far as I know, I'm having problems with opening the csv file as File. How can I do it with javascript?

Answers:

Answer

The File API suggested by papaparse's docs is meant for browser used. Assuming that you are running this on node at server side, what works for me is leveraging the readable stream:

const fs = require('fs');
const papa = require('papaparse');
const file = fs.createReadStream('challenge.csv');
var count = 0; // cache the running count
papa.parse(file, {
    worker: true, // Don't bog down the main thread if its a big file
    step: function(result) {
        // do stuff with result
    },
    complete: function(results, file) {
        console.log('parsing complete read', count, 'records.'); 
    }
});

There may be an easier interface, but so far this works quite well and offer the option of streaming for processing large files.

Answer

You need to add one more line in your config: download: true,.

var data;

Papa.parse('../challanges.csv', {
  header: true,
  download: true,
  dynamicTyping: true,
  complete: function(results) {
    console.log(results);
    data = results.data;
  }
});

Update: with this answer you dont need a FILE OBject. You can pass the filename and papa parse will "download" it.

Answer

This is to reiterate that the best answer is Murat Seker's.

All that is necessary is to add the to the config download: true and the local path will be downloaded by Papa Parse. The streaming answer by Philip M. is not the best answer.

var data;

Papa.parse('challanges.csv', {
  header: true,
  download: true,
  dynamicTyping: true,
  complete: function(results) {
    console.log(results);
    data = results.data;
  }
});

P.S. I do not have enough reputation to comment on Murat Seker's answer. So, I reposted an answer. Any love towards reputation will be appreciated. :-)

Answer

None of these worked for me, I specifically wanted to read in a csv server side, and not client side (in the borwser). This worked for me.

async / await

const fs = require('fs');
const Papa = require('papaparse');

const csvFilePath = 'data/test.csv'

// Function to read csv which returns a promise so you can do async / await.

const readCSV = async (filePath) => {
  const csvFile = fs.readFileSync(filePath)
  const csvData = csvFile.toString()  
  return new Promise(resolve => {
    Papa.parse(csvData, {
      header: true,
      complete: results => {
        console.log('Complete', results.data.length, 'records.'); 
        resolve(results.data);
      }
    });
  });
};

const test = async () => {
  let parsedData = await readCSV(csvFilePath); 
}

test()

If you don't want promise / async, await then you can use this.

callback

const fs = require('fs');
const Papa = require('papaparse');

const csvFilePath = 'data/test.csv'

const file = fs.createReadStream(csvFilePath);

var csvData=[];
Papa.parse(file, {
  header: true,
  step: function(result) {
    csvData.push(result.data)
  },
  complete: function(results, file) {
    console.log('Complete', csvData.length, 'records.'); 
  }
});

Note header: true is an option on the config, see docs for other options

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