Split large CSV into multiple smaller CSV files with Python script

| By Webner

Problem: If you are working with millions of record in a CSV it is difficult to handle large sized file.

Solution: You can split the file into multiple smaller files according to the number of records you want in one file. Python helps to make it easy and faster way to split the file in microseconds.

For Example: Save this code in testsplit.py file:

import sys

if(len(sys.argv) < 2): #if no file location is provided then show error message and exit
    print('Provide File Location')

fil = sys.argv[1]
csvfilename = open(fil, 'r').readlines()
#store header values
header = csvfilename[0] 
#remove header from list
file = 1
#Number of lines to be written in new file
record_per_file = 50

for j in range(len(csvfilename)):
	if j % record_per_file == 0:
		write_file = csvfilename[j:j+record_per_file]
                #adding header at the start of the write_file
                write_file.insert(0, header)
 	 	#write in file
 	        open(str(fil)+ str(file) + '.csv', 'w+').writelines(write_file)
                file += 1

You can run this file on the command line using the following command:

python testsplit.py test.csv

If test.csv is the name of the file you want to split then split files are named as test.csv1.csv, test.csv2.csv and so on.


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