Excel

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Excel is a flutter and dart library for reading, creating and updating excel-sheets for XLSX files.

This library is MIT licensed So, it's free to use anytime, anywhere without any consent, because we believe in Open Source work.

Lets Get Started

1. Depend on it

Add this to your package's pubspec.yaml file:

dependencies:
  excel: 2.0.1

2. Install it

You can install packages from the command line:

with pub:

$  pub get

with Flutter:

$  flutter packages get

3. Import it

Now in your Dart code, you can use:

    import 'package:excel/excel.dart';

Usage

Imports

    import 'dart:io';
    import 'package:path/path.dart';
    import 'package:excel/excel.dart';
    

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Read XLSX File

    var file = "Path_to_pre_existing_Excel_File/excel_file.xlsx";
    var bytes = File(file).readAsBytesSync();
    var excel = Excel.decodeBytes(bytes);
    
    for (var table in excel.tables.keys) {
      print(table); //sheet Name
      print(excel.tables[table].maxCols);
      print(excel.tables[table].maxRows);
      for (var row in excel.tables[table].rows) {
        print("$row");
      }
    }

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Read XLSX in Flutter Web

Use FilePicker to pick files in Flutter Web. FilePicker

  
  /// Use FilePicker to pick files in Flutter Web
  
  FilePickerResult pickedFile = await FilePicker.platform.pickFiles(
    type: FileType.custom,
    allowedExtensions: ['xlsx'],
    allowMultiple: false,
  );
  
  /// file might be picked
  
  if (pickedFile != null) {
    var bytes = pickedFile.files.single.bytes;
    var excel = Excel.decodeBytes(bytes);
    for (var table in excel.tables.keys) {
      print(table); //sheet Name
      print(excel.tables[table].maxCols);
      print(excel.tables[table].maxRows);
      for (var row in excel.tables[table].rows) {
        print("$row");
      }
    }
  }

Read XLSX from Flutter's Asset Folder

    import 'package:flutter/services.dart' show ByteData, rootBundle;
    
    /* Your blah blah code here */
    
    ByteData data = await rootBundle.load("assets/existing_excel_file.xlsx");
    var bytes = data.buffer.asUint8List(data.offsetInBytes, data.lengthInBytes);
    var excel = Excel.decodeBytes(bytes);
        
    for (var table in excel.tables.keys) {
      print(table); //sheet Name
      print(excel.tables[table].maxCols);
      print(excel.tables[table].maxRows);
      for (var row in excel.tables[table].rows) {
        print("$row");
      }
    }
    

Create New XLSX File

    var excel = Excel.createExcel(); // automatically creates 1 empty sheet: Sheet1
    

Update Cell values

     /* 
      * sheetObject.updateCell(cell, value, { CellStyle (Optional)});
      * sheetObject created by calling - // Sheet sheetObject = excel['SheetName'];
      * cell can be identified with Cell Address or by 2D array having row and column Index;
      * Cell Style options are optional
      */
      
      Sheet sheetObject = excel['SheetName'];
      
      CellStyle cellStyle = CellStyle(backgroundColorHex: "#1AFF1A", fontFamily : getFontFamily(FontFamily.Calibri));
      
      cellStyle.underline = Underline.Single; // or Underline.Double
      
      
      var cell = sheetObject.cell(CellIndex.indexByString("A1"));
      cell.value = 8; // dynamic values support provided;
      cell.cellStyle = cellStyle;
      
      // printing cell-type
      print("CellType: "+ cell.cellType.toString());
      
      ///
      /// Inserting and removing column and rows
      
      // insert column at index = 8
      sheetObject.insertColumn(8);
      
      // remove column at index = 18
      sheetObject.removeColumn(18);
      
      // insert row at index = 82
      sheetObject.insertRow(82);
      
      // remove row at index = 80
      sheetObject.removeRow(80);
      
      

Cell-Style Options

keydescription
fontFamilyeg. getFontFamily(FontFamily.Arial) or getFontFamily(FontFamily.Comic_Sans_MS) There is total 182 Font Families available for now
fontSizespecify the font-size as integer eg. fontSize = 15
boldmakes text bold - when set to true, by-default it is set to false
italicmakes text italic - when set to true, by-default it is set to false
underlineGives underline to text enum Underline { None, Single, Double } eg. Underline.Single, by-default it is set to Underline.None
fontColorHexFont Color eg. "#0000FF"
rotation (degree)rotation of text eg. 50, rotation varies from -90 to 90, with including 90 and -90
backgroundColorHexBackground color of cell eg. "#faf487"
wrapText wrapping enum TextWrapping { WrapText, Clip } eg. TextWrapping.Clip
verticalAlignalign text vertically enum VerticalAlign { Top, Center, Bottom } eg. VerticalAlign.Top
horizontalAlignalign text horizontally enum HorizontalAlign { Left, Center, Right } eg. HorizontalAlign.Right

Make sheet RTL

 
     /*
      * set rtl to true for making sheet to right-to-left
      * default value of rtl = false ( which means the fresh or default sheet is ltr )
      * 
      */
      
      var sheetObject = excel['SheetName'];
      sheetObject.rtl = true;
      

Copy sheet contents to another sheet

 
     /*
      * excel.copy(String 'existingSheetName', String 'anotherSheetName');
      * existingSheetName should exist in excel.tables.keys in order to successfully copy
      * if anotherSheetName does not exist then it will be automatically created.
      *
      */
      
      excel.copy('existingSheetName', 'anotherSheetName');
      

Rename sheet

 
     /*
      * excel.rename(String 'existingSheetName', String 'newSheetName');
      * existingSheetName should exist in excel.tables.keys in order to successfully rename
      *
      */
      
      excel.rename('existingSheetName', 'newSheetName');
      

Delete sheet

 
     /*
      * excel.delete(String 'existingSheetName');
      * (existingSheetName should exist in excel.tables.keys) and (excel.tables.keys.length >= 2), in order to successfully delete.
      * 
      */
      
      excel.delete('existingSheetName');
      

Link sheet

 
     /*
      * excel.link(String 'sheetName', Sheet sheetObject);
      * 
      * Any operations performed on (object of 'sheetName') or sheetObject then the operation is performed on both.
      * if 'sheetName' does not exist then it will be automatically created and linked with the sheetObject's operation.
      *
      */
      
      excel.link('sheetName', sheetObject);
      

Un-Link sheet

 
     /*
      * excel.unLink(String 'sheetName');
      * In order to successfully unLink the 'sheetName' then it must exist in excel.tables.keys
      *
      */
      
      excel.unLink('sheetName');
      
      // After calling the above function be sure to re-make a new reference of this.
      
      Sheet unlinked_sheetObject = excel['sheetName'];
      

Merge Cells

    /* 
     * sheetObject.merge(CellIndex starting_cell, CellIndex ending_cell, dynamic 'customValue');
     * sheetObject created by calling - // Sheet sheetObject = excel['SheetName'];
     * starting_cell and ending_cell can be identified with Cell Address or by 2D array having row and column Index;
     * customValue is optional
     */
 
      sheetObject.merge(CellIndex.indexByString("A1"), CellIndex.indexByString("E4"), customValue: "Put this text after merge");
     

Get Merged Cells List

      // Check which cells are merged
      
      sheetObject.spannedItems.forEach((cells) {
        print("Merged:" + cells.toString());
      });
    

Un-Merge Cells

    /* 
     * sheetObject.unMerge(cell);
     * sheetObject created by calling - // Sheet sheetObject = excel['SheetName'];
     * cell should be identified with string only with an example as "A1:E4".
     * to check if "A1:E4" is un-merged or not
     * call the method excel.getMergedCells(sheet); and verify that it is not present in it.
     */
      
      sheetObject.unMerge("A1:E4");
    

Find and Replace

    /* 
     * int replacedCount = sheetObject.findAndReplace(source, target);
     * sheetObject created by calling - // Sheet sheetObject = excel['SheetName'];
     * source is the string or ( User's Custom Pattern Matching RegExp )
     * target is the string which is put in cells in place of source
     * 
     * it returns the number of replacements made
     */
      
      int replacedCount = sheetObject.findAndReplace(Flutter', 'Google');
      

Insert Row Iterables

     /* 
      * sheetObject.insertRowIterables(list-iterables, rowIndex, iterable-options?);
      * sheetObject created by calling - // Sheet sheetObject = excel['SheetName'];
      * list-iterables === list of iterables which has to be put in specific row
      * rowIndex === the row in which the iterables has to be put
      * Iterable options are optional
      */
      
      /// It will put the list-iterables in the 8th index row
      List<String> dataList = ["Google", "loves", "Flutter", "and", "Flutter", "loves", "Excel"];
      
      sheetObject.insertRowIterables(dataList, 8);
    

Iterable Options

keydescription
startingColumnstarting column index from which list-iterables should be started
overwriteMergedCellsoverwriteMergedCells is by-defalut set to true, when set to false it will stop over-write and will write only in unique cells

Append Row

    /* 
     * sheetObject.appendRow(list-iterables);
     * sheetObject created by calling - // Sheet sheetObject = excel['SheetName'];
     * list-iterables === list of iterables
     */
     
      sheetObject.appendRow(["Flutter", "till", "Eternity"]);
    

Get Default Opening Sheet

    /* 
     * method which returns the name of the default sheet
     * excel.getDefaultSheet();
     */
 
      var defaultSheet = excel.getDefaultSheet();
      print("Default Sheet:" + defaultSheet.toString());
    

Set Default Opening Sheet

    /* 
     * method which sets the name of the default sheet
     * returns bool if successful then true else false
     * excel.setDefaultSheet(sheet);
     * sheet = 'SheetName'
     */
     
      var isSet = excel.setDefaultSheet(sheet);
      if (isSet) {
        print("$sheet is set to default sheet.");
      } else {
        print("Unable to set $sheet to default sheet.");
      }
    

Saving

On Flutter Web

     // when you are in flutter web then save() downloads the excel file.
     
     // Call function save() to download the file
     var fileBytes = excel.save(fileName: "My_Excel_File_Name.xlsx");
     

On Android / iOS

For getting saving directory on Android or iOS, Use: path_provider

     var fileBytes = excel.save();
     var directory = await getApplicationDocumentsDirectory();
      
     File(join("$directory/output_file_name.xlsx"))
       ..createSync(recursive: true)
       ..writeAsBytesSync(fileBytes);

Frequent Issues

Having Trouble using excel i.e: every version of some_other_library depends on version..... blah blah blah

Similar issues have been solved in the past : #26, #25, #11

Features coming in next version

On-going implementation for future:

  • Formulas
  • Conversion to PDF

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