In this article I will explain with an example, how to embed (display) CSV File in Web Page (Browser) using JavaScript and HTML5 File API.
First the CSV file i.e. Comma separated Text file, will be read using HTML5 FileReader API as String.
Then the String will be parsed into Rows and Columns and will be displayed as HTML Table on Web Page in Browser.
 
 
Embed (Display) CSV File in Web Page (Browser) using JavaScript
The HTML Markup consists of a FileUpload control (HTML File Input) and a HTML Button i.e. Upload.
When the Button is clicked, the Upload JavaScript function is called.
Inside the function, first a check is performed to verify whether the file is a valid CSV or a text file. Then a check is performed to make sure whether the browser supports HTML5 File API.
Once the above checks are cleared then the contents of the CSV file are read as text string and then the string is split into parts using comma and new line characters and finally is displayed as an HTML Table.
<script type="text/javascript">
    function Upload() {
        var fileUpload = document.getElementById("fileUpload");
        var regex = /^([a-zA-Z0-9\s_\\.\-:])+(.csv|.txt)$/;
        if (regex.test(fileUpload.value.toLowerCase())) {
            if (typeof (FileReader) != "undefined") {
                var reader = new FileReader();
                reader.onload = function (e) {
                    var table = document.createElement("table");
                    var rows = e.target.result.split("\n");
                    for (var i = 0; i < rows.length; i++) {
                        var cells = rows[i].split(",");
                        if (cells.length > 1) {
                            var row = table.insertRow(-1);
                            for (var j = 0; j < cells.length; j++) {
                                var cell = row.insertCell(-1);
                                cell.innerHTML = cells[j];
                            }
                        }
                    }
                    var dvCSV = document.getElementById("dvCSV");
                    dvCSV.innerHTML = "";
                    dvCSV.appendChild(table);
                }
                reader.readAsText(fileUpload.files[0]);
            } else {
                alert("This browser does not support HTML5.");
            }
        } else {
            alert("Please upload a valid CSV file.");
        }
    }
</script>
<input type="file" id="fileUpload" />
<input type="button" id="upload" value="Upload" onclick="Upload()" />
<hr />
<div id="dvCSV">
</div>
 
 

Screenshots
Contents of the CSV file placed on user’s folder
Embed (Display) CSV File in Web Page (Browser) using JavaScript
 
The CSV file being displayed in browser as HTML Table
Embed (Display) CSV File in Web Page (Browser) using JavaScript
 
 
Browser Compatibility

The above code has been tested in the following browsers only in versions that support HTML5.

Internet Explorer  FireFox  Chrome  Safari  Opera 

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