finding out the number of rows in a CSV file [Resolved]

Peter Otten __peter__ at
Wed Aug 27 19:35:51 CEST 2008

John S wrote:

> [OP] Jon Clements wrote:
>> On Aug 27, 12:54 pm, SimonPalmer <simon.pal... at> wrote:
>>> after reading the file throughthe csv.reader for the length I cannot
>>> iterate over the rows.  How do I reset the row iterator?
> A CSV file is just a text file. Don't use csv.reader for counting rows
> -- it's overkill. You can just read the file normally, counting lines
> (lines == rows).

Wrong. A field may have embedded newlines:

>>> import csv
>>> csv.writer(open("tmp.csv", "w")).writerow(["a" + "\n"*10 + "b"])
>>> sum(1 for row in csv.reader(open("tmp.csv")))
>>> sum(1 for line in open("tmp.csv"))


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