Outputting CSV with Django

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This document explains how to output CSV (Comma Separated Values) dynamically using Django views. To do this, you can either use the Python CSV library or the Django template system.

Using the Python CSV library

Python comes with a CSV library, csv. The key to using it with Django is that the csv module’s CSV-creation capability acts on file-like objects, and Django’s HttpResponse objects are file-like objects.

Here’s an example:

import csv
from django.http import HttpResponse

def getfile(request):
    # Create the HttpResponse object with the appropriate CSV header.
    response = HttpResponse(content_type='text/csv')
    response['Content-Disposition'] = 'attachment; filename="somefilename.csv"'

    writer = csv.writer(response)
    writer.writerow(['First row', 'Foo', 'Bar', 'Baz'])
    writer.writerow(['Second row', 'A', 'B', 'C', '"Testing"', "Here's a quote"])

    return response


Provide url for the function.path(‘csv’,views.getfile)  

path('csv', views.getfile)

While executing to the browser, it renders a CSV file. See the example.

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