Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ext JS CSV Data Reader

In a previous post, I showed how you can convert CSV to JSON in JavaScript. In this post, I will show how you can display CSV data in an Ext JS grid panel using a custom Reader.

Currently, there are three kinds of Readers available in Ext JS 4.2.2:

A CSV reader isn't available but is quite easy to create, simply by extending the JSON reader. The code for my CSV Reader is shown below. It first converts the CSV response from the server into JSON format and then invokes the parent JSON reader.

 * The CSV Reader is used by a Proxy to read a server response
 * that is sent back in CSV format.
Ext.define('CsvReader', {
    extend: 'Ext.data.reader.Json',
    alias : 'reader.csv',

    // converts csv into json
    toJson: function(csvData){
      var lines = csvData.split("\n");
      var colNames = lines[0].split(",");
      var records = [];
      for(var i = 1; i < lines.length; i++) {
        if (lines[i] == "") continue;
        var record = {};
        var bits = lines[i].split(",");
        for (var j = 0; j < bits.length; j++) {
          record[colNames[j]] = bits[j];
      return records;

    // override
    getResponseData: function(response) {
        try {
            return this.readRecords(response.responseText);
        } catch (ex) {
            error = new Ext.data.ResultSet({
                total  : 0,
                count  : 0,
                records: [],
                success: false,
                message: ex.message
            this.fireEvent('exception', this, response, error);
            return error;

    // override
    readRecords: function(strData) {
        var result = this.toJson(strData);
        return this.callParent([result]);

Now let's use it to display an example CSV file containing book data in a grid.

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Here is some sample code to read the CSV file into a grid using the CSV reader defined above:

Ext.define('Book', {
    extend: 'Ext.data.Model',
    fields: [
        {name: 'author', type: 'string'},
        {name: 'title', type: 'string'},
        {name: 'publishDate', type: 'string'}

var bookStore = Ext.create('Ext.data.Store', {
    model: 'Book',
    autoLoad: true,
    proxy: {
        type: 'ajax',
        reader: 'csv',
        url: 'data.csv'

    name: 'MyApp',
    launch: function() {
        Ext.create('Ext.Viewport', {
            layout: 'fit',
            items: [{
                title: 'Books',
                store: bookStore,
                columns: [
                   { text: 'Author', dataIndex: 'author' },
                   { text: 'Title', dataIndex: 'title', flex:1 },
                   { text: 'Publish Date', dataIndex: 'publishDate' }
                height: 200,
                width: 400
            renderTo: Ext.getBody()

Related posts:
Converting CSV to JSON in JavaScript