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How to read excel into Julia?

Posted by: admin March 7, 2020 Leave a comment


I need to read an excel file into Julia. I tried the package “ExcelReaders”. However, the package requires additionally the Python or the xlrd package. Although it uses the conda.jl package to install these dependencies automatically, I keep on running into different installation problems. Is there a simple way to read excel into Julia? Has anyone tried the Taro.jl package?

How to&Answers:

The Taro.jl package works well to read excel into Julia. You can install the package with Pkg.add(Taro). Once the package is installed, you can load it with using Taro; Taro.init(). You can use Taro.readxl() to read excel files. The following post provides a somewhat nice tutorial on how to read excel files in Julia using Taro.jl:



There is only one pure-Julia v1.0-compatible Excel reader available:


It has no dependencies on Python or Java. Install it from the package manager by typing ]add XLSX in the console, then load it with using XLSX. Here is the tutorial document.


Taro works pretty well (even if I say so myself). You need java installed on the machine, but after that, Pkg.add(Taro) will install all the dependencies for you. And, I think you’ll have better luck with Taro with more complex excel files.


If you are fine with saving in the ods format, you could also use the OdsIO.jl package.

It uses a python module (ezodf) as well, but it should install it automatically in both Windows and Linux when you install OdsIO.jl.


If you can save as a .csv then CSV.jl works well.


The ExcelReaders package is also available