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I need to view (large) CSV files on my Mac. I could use something like OpenOffice, but unfortunately it's pretty big and slow. I'm wondering if there's a Mac equivalent of some of the Windows tools mentioned on this SU question.

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Adding on my own remark about the slowness of OpenOffice: the new LibreOffice is a lot faster in starting up than the old Oracle version. Still a bit heavy for just viewing CSV files though. – Hay Feb 25 '11 at 15:19

Quick Look the file. There are two methods of doing so.

  1. Right click the file, in the context menu, select 'Quick Look "file you right-clicked"'.
  2. Click the file, keyboard shortcut Command-Y.
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Probably the easiest way of doing this. – John Riselvato Jun 11 '12 at 2:59
also you can select the file and press "spacebar" – GusDeCooL Jun 28 '13 at 22:14
Too slow on the latest MBP for CSV files even over a few MB... – Matt Sep 18 '13 at 5:06

Not sure how light-weight it is, but I found this with a quick Google search: XTabulator 2

XTabulator is a tabular data file editor for Mac OS X. With XTabulator, you can edit, manipulate, > massage, slice, and dice comma-separated (CSV), tab-separated (TAB), or anything-separated files quickly and easily.

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A note for others: Free version adds a line "Created by XTabulator" in every CSV you edit with it. – Manu Jan 14 at 6:51

Open Refine weighs in at 50.6 MB, but I don't think that's the 'weight' you're interested in. Anyway I think it's a good tool for any size dataset. They make it faster by paginating the data.

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This is the BEST tool to edit/refine/reformat CSV files. Period. – Landitus Feb 4 '12 at 22:26
Very good indeed, but that's not what we can call lightweight – lajarre Jan 17 '13 at 17:26
Google Refine is now archived. Can you suggest alternatives? – Manu Jan 14 at 6:49
@Manu Google no longer maintains Refine, but it's still available as an open source project: – Patrick Berkeley Jan 14 at 11:39

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