reading a specific column from file

John Machin sjmachin at
Thu Jan 17 12:28:58 CET 2008

On Jan 17, 8:47 pm, Hai Vu <wuh... at> wrote:
> Here is another suggestion:
> col = 2 # third column
> filename = '4columns.txt'
> third_column = [line[:-1].split('\t')[col] for line in open(filename,
> 'r')]
> third_column now contains a list of items in the third column.
> This solution is great for small files (up to a couple of thousand of
> lines). For larger file, performance could be a problem, so you might
> need a different solution.

Using the maxsplit arg could speed it up a little:

line[:-1].split('\t', col+1)[col]

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