Dart Installation

Reading CSV files in Dart language is easy. Make sure you have already installed Dart SDK, follow this tutorial if you haven’t Install Dart SDK on Mac, Windows and Linux


For this tutorial, we are going to use the Dart plugin on PHPStorm by JetBrains.  To install the plugin on Mac go to PHPStorm -> Preferences -> Plugins and search for ‘Dart’. See my screenshot.

Read CSV file by Dart

Dart for Visual Studio Code   and Dart Plugin from JetBrains

After successfully installing the plugin open PHPStorm go to File -> New Project and choose Dart -> Console Application. See the screenshot.

Read CSV file by Dart

PHPStorm will give you a project structure like this. We won’t use the dummy dart library file from lib folder. We will use only main.dart file from bin folder.

Read CSV file by Dart

Delete all lines from main.dart file and paste this code. Run the code (bottom of the page) from PHPStorm it will print id, symbol and open column from each row of CSV file.

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Dart Code

import 'dart:io';
import 'dart:async';
import 'dart:convert';

main(List arguments) {
  final File file = new File("~/Downloads/C_stock_data.csv");

  Stream<List> inputStream = file.openRead();

      .transform(utf8.decoder)       // Decode bytes to UTF-8.
      .transform(new LineSplitter()) // Convert stream to individual lines.
      .listen((String line) {        // Process results.

       List row = line.split(','); // split by comma

        String id = row[0];
        String symbol = row[1];
        String open = row[2];
        String low = row[3];
        String high = row[4];
        String close = row[5];
        String volume = row[6];
        String exchange = row[7];
        String timestamp = row[8];
        String date = row[9];

        print('$id, $symbol, $open');

      onDone: () { print('File is now closed.'); },
      onError: (e) { print(e.toString()); });

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  1. Hi. How can I save the read data? I’m trying to get the CSV data and put it into a list, but the list remains null after the listen() method ends. By debugging, I could see that the list is being actually filling, but at the end of the process, the return is a null list. Any help? TY.

  2. This code doesn’t work if there are commas for the items in the columns. Any suggestions on how to work around this?

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