I am looking for a program that can open and display nicely .csv files and gives you the ability to set the delimiter of each file.That's because most of the files I handle have some weird delimiters like £ or $.

I've been usind CsvEd for quite a long time but I was wondering if there are other "players" too.

OS requirements: Windows Vista/7 or Linux (especially Mint)

  • Should the program also be able to save the files after editing?
    – ComFreek
    Jun 9, 2014 at 8:00
  • not mandatory but sure, why not. My main problem is the viewing of the csv because most editors do not support custom delimiters
    – dimzak
    Jun 9, 2014 at 8:01

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You can use OpenOffice (or LibreOffice, which is pretty much the same):

  • free and open source
  • Windows and Linux
  • specify the delimiter when importing the CSV:

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    I guess I forgotten about the office family. That was because most .csv files are usually dumps from a procedure and are too big and fatty to be opened by those programs, but still this answer covers everything in my question. Accepting because I generally use OpenOffice and worked fine with a small csv I have :)
    – dimzak
    Jun 9, 2014 at 17:51
  • For large CSV files I often dump them into a DB, or use 010 Editor but the latter does not display CSV nicely :/ Jun 9, 2014 at 20:05

For Windows, if you have Microsoft Office, you can use Excel. You have the ability to set a custom delimiter when importing text files:

Excel custom delimiter

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    MS Office isn't gratis. There is a gratis trial of 30 days, though.
    – Oriol
    Jun 9, 2014 at 19:14

You can use Google Drive (free, web-based). Create a new spreadsheet, go to File > import, then specify the delimiter:

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