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Convert xlsx to csv in Linux with command line

I'm looking for a way to convert xlsx files to csv files on Linux.

I do not want to use PHP/Perl or anything like that since I'm looking at processing several millions of lines, so I need something quick. I found a program on the Ubuntu repos called xls2csv but it will only convert xls (Office 2003) files (which I'm currently using) but I need support for the newer Excel files.

Any ideas?

The Gnumeric spreadsheet application comes with a command line utility called ssconvert that can convert between a variety of spreadsheet formats:

$ ssconvert Book1.xlsx newfile.csv
Using exporter Gnumeric_stf:stf_csv

$ cat newfile.csv 
Foo,Bar,Baz
1,2,3
123.6,7.89,
2012/05/14,,
The,last,Line

To install on Ubuntu:

apt-get install gnumeric

To install on Mac:

brew install gnumeric
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