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FSharp.Data: Data Access Made Simple

The FSharp.Data package implements core functionality to access common data formats in your F# applications and scripts. It contains F# type providers for working with structured file formats (CSV, HTML, JSON and XML) and helpers for parsing CSV, HTML and JSON files and for sending HTTP requests.

This library focuses on providing simple access to the structured documents and other data sources.

FSharp.Data stems from Types from data Making structured data first-class citizens in F# by Petricek, Syme and Guerra. This paper received a Distinguished Paper award at PLDI 2016 and was selected as one of three CACM Research Highlight in 2018. 🏆🏆🏆

The package is available on NuGet. NuGet Status

Type Providers

The FSharp.Data type providers for CSV, HTML, JSON and XML infer types from the structure of a sample document (or a document containing multiple samples). The structure is then used to provide easy to use type-safe access to documents that follow the same structure.

The package also contains a type provider for accessing data from the WorldBank.

Data Access Tools

The package contains functionality to simplify data access. In particular, it includes tools for HTTP web requests and CSV, HTML, and JSON parsers with simple dynamic API. For more information, see the following topics:


The following tutorials contain additional examples that use multiple features together:

Below is a brief practical demonstration of using FSharp.Data:

Reference Documentation

There's also reference documentation available. Please note that everything under the FSharp.Data.Runtime namespace is not considered as part of the public API and can change without notice.

Contributing and license

The library is available under Apache 2.0. For more information see the License file in the GitHub repository. In summary, this means that you can use the library for commercial purposes, fork it, and modify it as you wish. FSharp.Data is made possible by the volunteer work of more than a dozen contributors and we're open to contributions from anyone. If you want to help out but don't know where to start, you can take one of the Up-For-Grabs issues, or help to improve the documentation.

The project is hosted on GitHub where you can report issues, fork the project and submit pull requests. If you're adding new public API's, please also contribute samples to the docs.

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