Opening Excel Spreadsheets (Python)

Microsoft Excel is great at spreadsheets but what if you want to use a different tool to analyse the data an Excel spreadsheet contains? In steps Python 3 and pandas, and as I’m currently looking at using pandas I’ve decided to make a few notes.

1599px-Giant_Panda_EatingNo, not this type of panda (kindly used under Creative Commons license from but a Python module called pandas.

pandas is an open source data analysis library for Python and has a website at

For my example I have created a very basic spreadsheet (xlsx format) with some fictional comic book sales in:


To import Excel (xlsx) data into Python requires only a few lines of code:

import pandas as panda_data

# read data from Excel spreadsheet
comic_data = panda_data.read_excel(‘comics_geektechstuff.xlsx’,sheet_name=’Sheet1′,skiprows=1)


Looking at the line to read the spreadsheet:

comic_data = panda_data.read_excel(‘comics_geektechstuff.xlsx’,sheet_name=’Sheet1′,skiprows=1)

comic_data is the variable where Python will store the data.

panda_data.read_excel opens the xlsx file

‘comics_geektechstuff.xlsx’ is the xlsx file name that I want to open

sheet_name=’Sheet1′ is the name of the sheet that I want to look at

skiprows=1 is used to skip the first row of data as this is an unneeded header (number of comics in my xlsx file)

print(comic_data.head()) can then be used to output the first five rows of data.

print(comic_data) could be used to output all the data.

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