node-red-contrib-bigcsv 1.2.0

A Big CSV parser

npm install node-red-contrib-bigcsv

"CSV" parser for node-red. Original work by IBM dosnt' fit my needs. Buggy with multi-line and no huge file support. Here is a version working with a state for the art library (csv-parse) and working with my bigfile library

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npm install node-red-contrib-bigcsv

Known issue: work with node v4

Core provides a CSV parser. This one is able to parse multi-line.

Principles for Big Nodes

See biglib for details on Big Nodes. Big Lib and subsequent Big Nodes are a family of nodes built for my own purpose. They are all designed to help me build a complete process for production purposes. For that I needed nodes able to:

  • Flow big volume of data (memory control, work with buffers)
  • Work with a flow of blocks (buffers) (multiple payload within a single job)
  • Tell what they are doing with extended use of statuses (color/message)
  • Use their second output for flow control (start/stop/running/status)
  • Reuse messages in order to propagate _msgid, topic
  • Depends on state of the art libraries for parsing (csv, xml, xlsxs, line, ...)
  • Acts as filters by default (1 payload = 1 action) or data generators (block flow)

All functionnalities are built under a library named biglib and all Big Nodes rely on it


Big CSV is a filter node for node-red to transform data into csv objects, one message per line. It uses the "csv-parse" library

It works as a filter node that means it takes in the output of a "big file" node or any block node. It's able to read a file by itself to send lines

It has several options as csv-parse offers them: (see

  • delimiter (default comma)
  • rowDelimiter (default unix)
  • quote (default double quotes)
  • escape
  • columns
  • comment
  • relax
  • skip_empty_lines
  • trim (default)
  • ltrim (default false)
  • rtrim (default false)
  • auto_parse
  • auto_parse_date


csv-parse CSV parsing implementing the Node.js stream.Transform API

biglib library for building node-red flows that supports blocks, high volume

Example flow files

Try pasting in the flow file below that shows the node behaviour

[{"id":"9c1f18d5.63e0e8","type":"comment","z":"b4b0c2a3.4b4f4","name":"Big CSV node sample usage","info":"","x":146.5,"y":41,"wires":[]},{"id":"d3cf8795.2c3078","type":"inject","z":"b4b0c2a3.4b4f4","name":"GO","topic":"","payload":"","payloadType":"str","repeat":"","crontab":"","once":false,"x":410,"y":100,"wires":[["c7e57a1f.381a88"]]},{"id":"c7e57a1f.381a88","type":"function","z":"b4b0c2a3.4b4f4","name":"sample data","func":"msg.payload = \"Col1,Col2,Col3\\nVal1,\\\"Val\\\"\\\"3\\\"\\\"\\\",Val3\\nThis,is a,\\\"multi\\nline\\\"\\n1,2,2016-01-02\"\nreturn msg;","outputs":1,"noerr":0,"x":590,"y":200,"wires":[["819bdae5.7e6428"]]},{"id":"bcabd332.43543","type":"debug","z":"b4b0c2a3.4b4f4","name":"csv object","active":true,"console":"false","complete":"payload","x":970,"y":260,"wires":[]},{"id":"a780465.f587fb8","type":"debug","z":"b4b0c2a3.4b4f4","name":"status","active":true,"console":"false","complete":"control","x":950,"y":360,"wires":[]},{"id":"83781490.7c87e8","type":"inject","z":"b4b0c2a3.4b4f4","name":"GO with parsing","topic":"","payload":"","payloadType":"str","repeat":"","crontab":"","once":false,"x":140,"y":240,"wires":[["279f5508.d860aa"]]},{"id":"5071718b.af8e9","type":"inject","z":"b4b0c2a3.4b4f4","name":"GO with no parsing","topic":"","payload":"","payloadType":"str","repeat":"","crontab":"","once":false,"x":150,"y":340,"wires":[["9ab9cd9c.65463"]]},{"id":"9ab9cd9c.65463","type":"function","z":"b4b0c2a3.4b4f4","name":"auto_parse=false","func":"msg.config = { auto_parse: false }\nreturn msg;","outputs":1,"noerr":0,"x":370,"y":300,"wires":[["c7e57a1f.381a88"]]},{"id":"279f5508.d860aa","type":"function","z":"b4b0c2a3.4b4f4","name":"auto_parse=true","func":"msg.config = { auto_parse: true, auto_parse_date: true }\nreturn msg;","outputs":1,"noerr":0,"x":334.5,"y":200,"wires":[["c7e57a1f.381a88"]]},{"id":"aae3d444.551c28","type":"comment","z":"b4b0c2a3.4b4f4","name":"This node accepts on the fly configuration","info":"","x":186,"y":164,"wires":[]},{"id":"8a707fdb.758f8","type":"comment","z":"b4b0c2a3.4b4f4","name":"3 lines of data with 1 multi line","info":"","x":640,"y":160,"wires":[]},{"id":"4b231890.b4dce8","type":"comment","z":"b4b0c2a3.4b4f4","name":"control messages (start, stop, ...)","info":"","x":1030,"y":400,"wires":[]},{"id":"1205b30.fedfa4d","type":"comment","z":"b4b0c2a3.4b4f4","name":"One message per line","info":"","x":1000,"y":220,"wires":[]},{"id":"506c748b.af938c","type":"comment","z":"b4b0c2a3.4b4f4","name":"Simple trigger","info":"","x":430,"y":60,"wires":[]},{"id":"16b73073.e948d","type":"inject","z":"b4b0c2a3.4b4f4","name":"GO with an error","topic":"","payload":"","payloadType":"str","repeat":"","crontab":"","once":false,"x":140,"y":400,"wires":[["e2c2d0e9.1d3d3"]]},{"id":"e2c2d0e9.1d3d3","type":"function","z":"b4b0c2a3.4b4f4","name":"Non existing file","func":"msg.filename = \"/A/Probably/Non/Existing/File\"\nreturn msg;","outputs":1,"noerr":0,"x":580,"y":400,"wires":[["819bdae5.7e6428"]]},{"id":"819bdae5.7e6428","type":"bigcsv","z":"b4b0c2a3.4b4f4","name":"","filename":"","x":780,"y":300,"wires":[["bcabd332.43543"],["a780465.f587fb8"]]},{"id":"50fc0dc5.af03f4","type":"comment","z":"b4b0c2a3.4b4f4","name":"See the numbers...","info":"","x":367.5,"y":236,"wires":[]}]

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  • Jacques W


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Node Info

Version: 1.2.0
Updated 2 years, 9 months ago
License: Apache-2.0


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