The tsv library provides predicates for reading and writing TSV files and streams:


The main object, tsv/1, is a parametric object allowing passing a single option for the handling of the header of the file (keep or skip). The tvs object extends the tsv/1 parametric object using the default keep option value.

Files and streams can be read into a list of rows (with each row being represented by a list of fields) or asserted using a user-defined dynamic predicate. Reading can be done by first loading the whole file (using the read_file/2-3 predicates) into memory or line by line (using the read_file_by_line/2-3 predicates). Reading line by line is usually the best option for parsing large TSV files.

Data can be saved to a TSV file or stream by providing the object and predicate for accessing the data plus the name of the destination file or the stream handle or alias.

API documentation

Open the ../../docs/library_index.html#tsv link in a web browser.


To load all entities in this library, load the loader.lgt file:

| ?- logtalk_load(tsv(loader)).


To test this library predicates, load the tester.lgt file:

| ?- logtalk_load(tsv(tester)).


A TSV file can be read as a list of rows:

| ?- tsv::read_file('test_files/data.tsv', Rows).

Rows = [['Name','Age','Address'], ['Paul',23,'1115 W Franklin'], ['Bessy the Cow',5,'Big Farm Way'], ['Zeke,45,'W Main St']]

Alternatively, The TSV data can be saved using a public and dynamic object predicate (that must be previously declared). For example:

| ?- assertz(p(_,_,_)), retractall(p(_,_,_)).

| ?- tsv(skip)::read_file('test_files/data.tsv', user, p/3).

| ?-  p(A,B,C).

A = 'Paul', B = 23, C = '1115 W Franklin' ? ;

Given a predicate representing a table, the predicate data can be written to a file or stream. For example:

| ?- tsv::write_file('output.tsv', user, p/3).