Lingfo – Python “xlrd” package for extracting data from Excel files – 0.6.1 final


Purpose: Provide a library for developers to use to extract information from Microsoft Excel (tm) spreadsheet files. It is not an end-user tool.


Platform: Any. You don’t need to be on Windows. If you are, you can avoid hassles with approaches like COM, ODBC, save-as-CSV, …


Python requirements: There are no dependencies on modules or packages outside the standard Python distribution. Works with Python 2.1 or later. Backporting to Python 2.1 was partially funded by Journyx - provider of timesheet and project accounting solutions.


Versions of Excel supported: 2003, 2002, XP, 2000, 97, 95, 5.0, 4.0, 3.0. Support for Excel 2007 XML files is on the way.




Exclusions: xlrd will not attempt to decode password-protected (encrypted) files. Otherwise, it will safely and reliably ignore any of these if present:




Feedback: General discussion on the python-excel newsgroup / mailing list. Maintainer: mailto: preferably with [xlrd] in the message subject.

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