xls to text converter

Anyone know of a free xls to text converter that can be run from the unix command line?


There is also the package catdoc (Ubuntu link) that includes a xls2csv utility.

A quick search of apt-cache turned up the Ubuntu package python-excelerator for excelerator, which includes py_xls2html, py_xls2csv and py_xls2txt utlities. Will this work for you?

Your question reminded me of anti-word. I looked up and found anti-excel. I have never used it, so I can't vouch for how well it work or whether it makes achievable the task you have at hand. Also, I remember using a utility called 'sc' on linux to created spreadsheets on the console---though, I do not know whether it is capable of interpreting XLS files.

I think gnumeric is better to convert document to csv http://xmodulo.com/2012/06/how-to-convert-xlsx-files-to-xls-or-csv.html

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