How to change CSV delimiter

CSV files typically use commas to separate column values (hence Comma Separated Values). But sometimes they use other characters, such as semi-colons (;), pipes (|) and tabs. So it is sometimes necessary to change the delimiter, for example when another tool expects a particular character delimiter.

Trying to convert the delimiter using simple find and replace (e.g. in a text editor) is not advisable, because you might covert a delimiter character inside a value. For example a name value in a CSV file might include a comma:

“Name”,”Country”
“Smith, John”,”UK”

If you replace all the commas with semi-colons, you will get:

“Name”;”Country”
“Smith; John”;”UK”

Which means “Smith, John” has become “Smith; John”, which is almost certainly not what you want.

However it is very easy to the change the CSV delimiter of CSV or Excel files in Easy Data Transform:

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As well as changing file format, Easy Data Transform also allows you to combine 42 transforms to quickly and easily create complex data transformations.

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