CSV or Comma/Character Separated Values is a file used to store data values separated by commas, characters, or breaks. Other terms commonly used are “Comma Delimited File” and “Character Separated File”. Commas or other characters are used to differentiate each piece of data. For example, Name1, Address1, Telephone1. CSV files store these values and text in plain text format that are used in databases and excel spreadsheets to store information.
For example, a database file may have 10 records of employees with fields, such as name, address, phone number, and email address. All 10 records have the same sequence of fields with commas, characters or breaks to separate them.« Back to Glossary Index