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Separated Values

Tab-separated values
Filename extension .tsv, .tab
Internet media type text/tab-separated-values
Type of format multiplatform, serial data streams
Container for database information organized as field separated lists
Standard IANA MIME type

A tab-separated values file is a simple text format for storing data in a tabular structure (e.g. database or spreadsheet data). Each record in the table is one line of the text file. Each field value of a record is separated from the next by a tab stop character – it is a form of the more general delimiter-separated values format.

TSV is a simple file format that is widely supported, so it is often used to move tabular data between different computer programs that support the format. For example, a TSV file might be used to transfer information from a database program to a spreadsheet.

TSV is an alternative to the common comma-separated values (CSV) format, which often causes difficulties because of the need to escape commas – literal commas are very common in text data, but literal tab stops are infrequent in running text. The IANA standard for TSV achieves simplicity by simply disallowing tabs within fields.

See also


  • IANA, Text Media Types, text/tab-separated-values, Paul Lindner, U of MN Internet Gopher Team, June 1993
  • Tab Separated Values (TSV): a format for tabular data exchange, Jukka Korpela, created 2000-09-01, last update 2005-02-12.

External links

  • Tab Separated Value File Format, Gnumeric manual
  • Work with tab-delimited (tsv) format, Google drive help
  • Free Online TSV Converter
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