Main objective of this tutorial is to explain how to parse the CSV file in Android.


You will get Final Output:

  • csv-selected-categroy

We are using Category.csv file in this example - you can follow the steps given below.

Screenshot of CSV file:



Step 1 Add .jar files

First we need to add following Jar file

  • opencsv-2.3.jar

You can download this jar file from the following link:


Step 2 CSVReader Class

Assume that Our CSV file contains two fields:

Fields Datatype
categoryId Integer
categoryName String

We can fetch these fields data using the following code:

String next[] = {};
List<string[]> list = new ArrayList<string[]>();
try {
    CSVReader reader = new CSVReader(new InputStreamReader(getAssets().open("test.csv")));//Specify asset file name
    //in open();
        for(;;) {
            next = reader.readNext();
            if(next != null) {
            } else {
    } catch (IOException e) {

Now If we want to fetch categoryId and categoryName fields than we can use the list as following:

list.get(row index)[column index]


list.get(1)[0] This will return categoryId of Integer from first row of csv file.
list.get(1)[1] This will return categoryName of String from first row of csv file.



list.get(index): This will return array that contains data of particular row of csv file.

private ArrayList categoryList = new ArrayList();
    for (int i = 0; i < list.size(); i++) {

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