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  • Ankit Vora

Top 4: Online CSV Viewer Options

Let’s talk about CSV files! And more importantly options to view CSVs in the browser. CSV stands for a "comma separated values", which basically means that within the file is a collection of data with a comma between each data value. CSV files are an essential part of data analysis and research. Historically CSVs have been viewed on the desktop. But because provide arguably the easiest way to store and share data, it's becoming more important to view CSV files online. Especially since not everyone can view these files on their computer because of the lack of software, hardware support, or because they are not able to (or choose not to) download them. So it's no surprise that online CSV viewers have become more popular.


While CSV files are great at moving data between systems, often times used for upload and download of information. They are not so great at at being readable by humans in their native format. Here is what a CSV file view looks like in Notepad:

View A CSV File Online vs In Notepad

You can gather from the file name, and some of the names in the file that this data is about Olympic medalists. However, it's not easy to read because the data isn't organized into columns. Thus, we want to use software online to view CSV files!


Online CSV Viewers: Open CSV Files In Your Browser

We reached out to a few data experts to discover the top online CSV viewers they use – after which we ourselves tried every single one of them and came up with our top four online CSV viewer ranking:

  1. Gigasheet Pros: Up to 1B rows. 10GB free. Filter, sort, and big data analysis tools. Sharing. Published data security. Cons: Sign up required. Pay to export large data sets.

  2. ConvertCSV Editor & Viewer Pros: No sign up required. Free (ad supported). Simple to use. Cons: Limited file size support. Only able to sort; no filtering. No sharing. Unknown data privacy.

  3. Google Spreadsheets Pros: Free. Full featured spreadsheet. Collaboration. Google data security. Cons: Sign up required. Limited file size support (10M cells).

  4. Zoho Sheet Pros: Free. Basic spreadsheet features. Collaboration. Published data security. Cons: Sign up required. Limited file size support (2M cells).

Here we go!


Gigasheet

Seeing Gigasheet at the top of your list - you may feel that we’re biased.

But are we? Yes, and we have thousands of satisfied user to tap into our platform’s wide range of features every week.

Why? That’s because our platform is more powerful than we claim it to be – we can’t even put it into words. Gigasheet is the ultimate online CSV viewer for big data. It can be accessed from any browser without downloading any software.

All you need to do is upload your CSV file and the sky is the limit. You can also connect data sources or add your CSV file’s URL to import it directly.

SPOILER ALERT – you can import CSV files from all of the top cloud services: Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Box or any public URL.


To view a CSV file online, first, simply upload your CSV file by clicking +New > File Upload > Browse to select a file from your machine. You can zip your file to save time uploading.

The Gigasheet Online CSV Viewer

Don't want to download your CSV file? No problem.

Click the Link option in the lower part of the upload box and provide a publicly accessible URL to your CSV file or to a zip of a CSV.

Next, your CSV file will automatically upload (and unzip if necessary). For exceptionally large files you'll see a loading bar while the file parses.

Once complete, click on the file name in your Library to view the CSV file online. The viewer will open a spreadsheet in a new browser tab for viewing. Here you can filter, search, or create pivot tables with your CSV.

As we mentioned before, sky’s the limit.

Wondering why should you use Gigasheet over other platforms for viewing your CSV files?

Here are the top three reasons:

● It’s Free – You Don’t Need to Spend Even a Dime to View CSV Files Using Gigasheet

● Analyze Large CSV Files: Filter, Group, Sort, Pivot & More

● We Take Security & Data Privacy Seriously!


It’s Free – You Don’t Need to Spend Even a Dime to View CSV Files Using Gigasheet

Gigasheet's Online CSV Viewer offers a free and convenient way to view CSV files right in your browser. There's nothing to download or install and there's no cost to use the service. Our free Community tier plan supports files up to 10 gigabytes.

Worth noting, you can share your files online for free, but you will need to upgrade to our Premium plan to export your file as a zipped CSV.

Analyze Large CSV Files Online: Filter, Group, Sort, Pivot & More

Most CSV files can be opened in a spreadsheet program, but sometimes it is not possible to open them because the file is too big. When you attempt to open these files you'll probably find that Excel keeps crashing especially when you start approaching Excel's max row limit (or the Google sheets row limit).

Gigasheet is perhaps the best free tool that you can use to view CSV files online without facing any technical difficulties.

How?

That’s because it operates at cloud scale. In other words, you're not limited by the speed and power of your computer. You leverage our cloud-based servers to do the heavy lifting.

We Take Security & Data Privacy Seriously

We take security and data privacy seriously. Gigasheet uses a combination of encryption and technical safeguards to protect our customers’ data.