Commandline tool for running SQL queries against JSON, CSV, Excel, Parquet, and more.

This is a CLI companion to
DataStation (a GUI)
for running SQL queries against data files. So if you want the GUI
version of this, check out DataStation.


Get Go 1.17+ and then run:

$ go install[email protected]


You can either pipe data to dsq or you can pass a file name to it.

If you are passing a file, it must have the usual extension for its
content type.

For example:

$ dsq testdata.json "SELECT * FROM {} WHERE x > 10"


$ dsq testdata.ndjson "SELECT name, AVG(time) FROM {} GROUP BY name ORDER BY AVG(time) DESC"

Piping data to dsq

When piping data to dsq you need to set the -s flag and specify
the file extension or MIME type.

For example:

$ cat testdata.csv | dsq -s csv "SELECT * FROM {} LIMIT 1"


$ cat testdata.parquet | dsq -s parquet "SELECT COUNT(1) FROM {}"

Multiple files and joins

You can pass multiple files to DSQ. As long as they are supported data
files in a valid format, you can run SQL against all files as
tables. Each table can be acessed by the string {N} where N is the
0-based index of the file in the list of files passed on the

For example this joins two datasets of differing origin types (CSV and

$ dsq testdata/join/users.csv testdata/join/ages.json \
      "select {0}.name, {1}.age from {0} join {1} on {0}.id = {1}.id"

Transforming data to JSON without querying

As a shorthand for dsq testdata.csv "SELECT * FROM {}" to convert
supported file types to JSON you can skip the query and the converted
JSON will be dumped to stdout.

For example:

$ dsq testdata.csv
[{...some csv data...},{...some csv data...},...]

Supported Data Types

Name File Extension(s) Notes
CSV csv
TSV tsv, tab
JSON json Must be an array of objects. Nested object fields are ignored.
Newline-delimited JSON ndjson, jsonl
Parquet parquet
Excel xlsx, xls Currently only works if there is only one sheet.
ODS ods Currently only works if there is only one sheet.
Apache Error Logs text/apache2error Currently only works if being piped in.
Apache Access Logs text/apache2access Currently only works if being piped in.
Nginx Access Logs text/nginxaccess Currently only works if being piped in.


Under the hood dsq uses
DataStation as a
library and under that hood DataStation uses SQLite to power these
kinds of SQL queries on arbitrary (structured) data.


The speed column is based on rough benchmarks based on q’s
. Eventually
I’ll do a more thorough and public benchmark.

Name Link Speed Supported File Types Engine
q Fast CSV, TSV Uses SQLite
textql Ok CSV, TSV Uses SQLite
octoql Slow JSON, CSV, Excel, Parquet Custom engine missing many features from SQLite
dsq Here Ok CSV, TSV, JSON, Newline-delimited JSON, Parquet, Excel, ODS (OpenOffice Calc), Logs Uses SQLite


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This software is licensed under an Apache 2.0 license.


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