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Python convert Excel File (xls or xlsx) to/from ODS

Posted by: admin March 9, 2020 Leave a comment

Questions:

I’ve been scouring the net to find a Python library or tool that can converts an Excel file to/from ODS format, but haven’t been able to come across anything.

I need the ability to input and output data in either format. We don’t need to worry about merged cells, formulas or anything non-straightforward.

How to&Answers:

If you have libreoffice installed, you can do a python execution wrapper around its headless mode:

$ /usr/bin/libreoffice --headless --invisible -convert-to ods /home/cwgem/Downloads/QTL_Sample_data.xls 
convert /home/cwgem/Downloads/QTL_Sample_data.xls -> /home/cwgem/QTL_Sample_data.ods using OpenDocument Spreadsheet Flat XML
$ /usr/bin/libreoffice --headless --invisible -convert-to xls /home/cwgem/QTL_Sample_data.ods 
convert /home/cwgem/QTL_Sample_data.ods -> /home/cwgem/QTL_Sample_data.xls using

Which would be a bit easier than trying to do it through the library route.