This is the documentation for version 8.0 which will be supported until 2018-02-18. Please consider upgrading your code to the latest stable version

CSV properties

Once your object is instantiated you can optionally set several CSV properties. The following methods works on both the Reader and the Writer class.

Since version 8.1.1 The underlying CSV controls from the submitted CSV are inherited by the return AbstractCsv object.

$file = new SplTempFileObject();

$csv = Reader::createFromFileObject($file);

echo $csv->getDelimiter(); //display '|'

Of note, The escape character is only inherited starting with PHP 5.6.25 in the PHP5 line and 7.0.10 in the PHP7 version.

Accessing and Setting CSV properties

The CSV delimiter character


public AbstractCsv::setDelimiter(string $delimiter): AbstractCsv
public AbstractCsv::getDelimiter(void): string


use League\Csv\Reader;

$csv = Reader::createFromPath('/path/to/file.csv', 'r');
$delimiter = $csv->getDelimiter(); //returns ";"


The default delimiter character is ,.

The enclosure character


public AbstractCsv::setEnclosure(string $delimiter): AbstractCsv
public AbstractCsv::getEnclosure(void): string


use League\Csv\Writer;

$csv = Writer::createFromPath('/path/to/file.csv');
$enclosure = $csv->getEnclosure(); //returns "|"


The default enclosure character is ".

The escape character

Warning: The library depends on PHP SplFileObject class. Since this class exhibits a reported bug, Data using the escape character are correctly escaped but the escape character is not removed from the CSV content.
A possible workaround to this issue while waiting for a PHP bug fix is to register a callable to your extracting method when possible.


public AbstractCsv::setEscape(string $delimiter): AbstractCsv
public AbstractCsv::getEscape(void): string


use League\Csv\Reader;

$csv = Reader::createFromPath('/path/to/file.csv', 'r');
$escape = $csv->getEscape(); //returns "\"


The default escape character is \.


This method allow you to find the occurrences of some delimiters in a given CSV object.

public AbstractCsv::fetchDelimitersOccurrence(
    array $delimiters,
    int $nbRows = 1
): array

The method takes two arguments:

use League\Csv\Reader;

$reader = Reader::createFromPath('/path/to/your/csv/file.csv', 'r');

$delimiters_list = $reader->fetchDelimitersOccurrence([' ', '|'], 10);
// $delimiters_list can be the following
// [
//     '|' => 20,
//     ' ' => 0,
// ]
// This seems to be a consistent CSV with:
// - the delimiter "|" appearing 20 times in the 10 first rows
// - the delimiter " " never appearing

Warning: This method only test the delimiters you gave it.

Writing mode only properties

The following properties only affect the CSV object when you are writing and/or saving data to it.

The Reader class still have access to them.

The newline sequence

To improve interoperability with programs interacting with CSV, the newline sequence is appended to each CSV newly inserted line.


public AbstractCsv::setNewline(string $sequence): AbstractCsv
public AbstractCsv::getNewline(void): string


use League\Csv\Writer;

$csv = Writer::createFromPath('/path/to/file.csv');
$newline = $csv->getNewline(); //returns "\r\n"


The default newline sequence is \n;

The BOM sequence

To improve interoperability with programs interacting with CSV, you can manage the presence of the BOM sequence in your CSV content.

Detect the currently used BOM sequence

BC Break: getInputBOM always return a string

public AbstractCsv::getInputBOM(void): string

Detect the current BOM character is done using the getInputBOM method. This method returns the currently used BOM character or an empty string if none is found or recognized.

use League\Csv\Writer;

$csv = Writer::createFromPath('/path/to/file.csv');
$bom = $csv->getInputBOM();

Set the outputting BOM sequence

public AbstractCsv::setOutputBOM(string $sequence): AbstractCsv
public AbstractCsv::getOutputBOM(void): string

BC Break: getOutputBOM always return a string

use League\Csv\Reader;

$csv = Reader::createFromPath('/path/to/file.csv', 'r');
$bom = $csv->getOutputBOM(); //returns "\xEF\xBB\xBF"


Please refer to the BOM character dedicated documentation page for more information on how the library helps you manage this feature.

Conversion only properties

The following properties and method only works when converting your CSV document into other available formats.

To convert your CSV document into another format it must be encoded in UTF-8.

When this is not the case, you should transcode it first using the library stream filtering mechanism. When this is not applicable you should provide the CSV original encoding charset to the CSV object using the following methods.


These methods are introduced in version 8.1.0

public AbstractCsv::setInputEncoding(string $sequence): AbstractCsv
public AbstractCsv::getInputEncoding(void): string

The following methods are deprecated since version 8.1.0 and will be remove in the next major release

public AbstractCsv::setEncodingFrom(string $sequence): AbstractCsv
public AbstractCsv::getEncodingFrom(void): string


use League\Csv\Reader;

$csv = Reader::createFromPath('/path/to/file.csv', 'r');
echo $csv->getInputEncoding(); //returns iso-8859-15;


By default getInputEncoding returns UTF-8 if setInputEncoding was not used.

The encoding properties have no effect when reading or writing to a CSV document. You should instead use the Stream Filter API or the Writing Formatter API.
use League\Csv\Reader;

$reader = Reader::createFromFileObject(new SplFileObject('/path/to/bengali.csv'));
//we are using the setInputEncoding method to transcode the CSV into UTF-8
echo json_encode($reader);
//the CSV is transcoded from iso-8859-15 to UTF-8
//before being converted to JSON format;
echo $reader; //outputting the data is not affected by the conversion