To read a binary file, use the
open('rb') function within a context manager (
with keyword) and read its content into a string variable using
f.readlines(). You can then convert the string to a CSV using various approaches such as the
Here’s an example to read the binary file
'my_file.man' into your Python script:
with open('my_file.man', 'rb') as f: content = f.readlines() print(content)
Per default, Python’s built-in
open() function opens a text file. If you want to open a binary file, you need to add the
'b' character to the optional
mode string argument.
- To open a file for reading in binary format, use
- To open a file for writing in binary format, use
Now that the content is in your Python script, you can convert it to a CSV using the various methods outlined in this article:
🌍 Learn More: Convert a String to CSV in Python
After you’ve converted the data to the comma-separated values (CSV) format demanded by your application, you can write the string to a file using either the
print() function with file argument or the standard
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