python xlrd unsupported format, or corrupt file.


My code:

import xlrd
wb = xlrd.open_workbook("Z:\\Data\\Locates\\3.8 locates.xls")
sh = wb.sheet_by_index(0)
print sh.cell(0,0).value

The error:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "Z:\Wilson\", line 18, in <module>
wb = xlrd.open_workbook("Z:\\Data\\Locates\\3.8 locates.xls")
File "C:\Python27\lib\site-packages\xlrd\", line 429, in open_workbook
biff_version = bk.getbof(XL_WORKBOOK_GLOBALS)
File "C:\Python27\lib\site-packages\xlrd\", line 1545, in getbof
bof_error('Expected BOF record; found %r' % self.mem[savpos:savpos+8])
File "C:\Python27\lib\site-packages\xlrd\", line 1539, in bof_error
raise XLRDError('Unsupported format, or corrupt file: ' + msg)
xlrd.biffh.XLRDError: Unsupported format, or corrupt file: Expected BOF record;
found '<table r'"

The file doesn't seem to be corrupted or of a different format. Anything to help find the source of the issue would be great.

This question is tagged with python excel xlrd

~ Asked on 2012-03-08 18:43:13

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You say:

The file doesn't seem to be corrupted or of a different format.

However as the error message says, the first 8 bytes of the file are '<table r' ... that is definitely not Excel .xls format. Open it with a text editor (e.g. Notepad) that won't take any notice of the (incorrect) .xls extension and see for yourself.

~ Answered on 2012-03-09 09:14:07


Try to open it with pandas:

import pandas as pd
data = pd.read_html('filename.xls')

Or try any other html python parser.

That's not a proper excel file, but an html readable with excel.

~ Answered on 2014-07-13 17:02:11

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