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library for developers to extract data from Excel spreadsheet files.

Xlrd is a Python module for extracting data from Excel spreadsheet files. It can be used to extract data from new and old Excel spreadsheets on any platform.

The package itself is pure Python with no dependencies on modules or packages outside the standard Python distribution. It has strong support for Excel dates and is Unicode-aware.



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Kelly Hopkins

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22 January 2010

Leaders and contributors

John Machin Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Python (Ref)https://pypi.org/project/xlrd
DeveloperVCS Repository Webviewhttps://github.com/python-excel/xlrd

Software prerequisites

Source requirementPython 2.6, 2.7 or 3.2+


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