What is VisiData?

VisiData is an open source multitool for data exploration and manipulation. It combines the clarity of a spreadsheet, the efficiency of the terminal, and the power of Python, into a lightweight utility which can handle millions of rows with ease.

Who wrote it?

My name is Saul Pwanson and I've worked as a software developer for over 20 years. I live in Seattle but the terminal is my home.

What inspired VisiData?

As a data worker, I frequently want to take a quick peek at some raw data, to check something out, or to get a feel for what's there.

I usually managed to get what I needed with a combination of UNIX utilities and ad-hoc Python scripts. But it was a real slog sometimes, and my wrists were starting to hurt.

So at the end of 2016, I decided to take a personal sabbatical and use my experience with data to create a useful tool. One that could be used in any terminal, with any data source, with minimal requirements and zero configuration. The result is VisiData.


Many thanks also to the following people for their support and contributions to VisiData:

Special thanks to anjakefala for significant help with documentation, releases, and tests.