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madato is a library and command line tool for working tabular data, and Markdown

The tools is primarly centered around getting tabular data (spreadsheets, CSVs) into Markdown.

It currently supports:

  • Reading a XLS*, ODS Spreadsheet or YAML file -- to --> Markdown
  • Reading a XLS*, ODS Spreadsheet -- to --> Markdown

When generating the output:

  • Filter the Rows using basic Regex over Key/Value pairs
  • Limit the columns to named headings
  • Re-order the columns, or repeat them using the same column feature
  • Only generate a table for a named "sheet" (applicable for the XLS/ODS formats)

Madato is:

  • Command Line Tool (Windows, Mac, Linux) - good for CI/CD preprocessing
  • Rust Library - Good for integration into Rust Markdown tooling
  • Node JS WASM API - To be used later for Atom and VSCode Extensions

Madato expects that every column has a heading row. That is, the first row are headings/column names. If a cell in that first row is blank, it will create NULL0..NULLn entries as required.


  • Extract the 3rd Sheet sheet from an MS Excel Document
08:39 $ target/debug/madato table --type xlsx test/sample_multi_sheet.xlsx --sheetname "3rd Sheet"
|col1|col2| col3 |col4 |                         col5                          |NULL5|
| 1  |that| are  |wider|  value ‘aaa’ is in the next cell, but has no heading  | aaa |
|than|the |header| row |       (open the spreadsheet to see what I mean)       |     |
  • Extract and reorder just 3 Columns
08:42 $ target/debug/madato table --type xlsx test/sample_multi_sheet.xlsx --sheetname "3rd Sheet" -c col2 -c col3 -c NULL5
|col2| col3 |NULL5|
|that| are  | aaa |
|the |header|     |
  • Pull from the second_sheet sheet
  • Only extract Heading 4 column
  • Use a Filter, where Heading 4 values must only have a letter or number.
08:48 $ target/debug/madato table --type xlsx test/sample_multi_sheet.xlsx --sheetname second_sheet -c "Heading 4" -f 'Heading 4=[a-zA-Z0-9]'
|        Heading 4         |
|         << empty         |
|*Some Bolding in Markdown*|
|   `escaped value` foo    |
|           0.22           |
|         #DIV/0!          |
|  “This cell has quotes”  |
|       😕 ← Emoticon       |
  • Filtering on a Column, ensuring that a "+" is there in Trend Column
09:00 $ target/debug/madato table --type xlsx test/sample_multi_sheet.xlsx --sheetname Sheet1 -c Rank -c Language -c Trend -f "Trend=\+"
|                         Rank                         |  Language  |Trend |
|                          1                           |   Python   |+5.5 %|
|                          3                           | Javascript |+0.2 %|
|                          7                           |     R      |+0.0 %|
|                          12                          | TypeScript |+0.3 %|
|                          16                          |   Kotlin   |+0.5 %|
|                          17                          |     Go     |+0.3 %|
|                          20                          |    Rust    |+0.0 %|


madato uses:


  • I have found that copying the "table" I want from a website: HTML, to a spreadsheet, then through madato gives an excellent Markdown table of the original.

Rust API


More Commandline

Sheet List

You can list the "sheets" of an XLS*, ODS file with

$ madato sheetlist test/sample_multi_sheet.xlsx 
3rd Sheet

YAML to Markdown

Madato reads a "YAML" file, in the same way it can a Spreadsheet. This is useful for "keeping" tabular data in your source repository, and perhaps not the XLS.

madato table -t yaml test/www-sample/test.yml

|col3| col4  |  data1  |       data2        |
|100 |gar gar|somevalue|someother value here|
|190x|       |  that   |        nice        |
|100 | ta da |  this   |someother value here|

Please see the test/www-sample/test.yml file for the expected layout of this file

Excel/ODS to YAML

Changing the output from default "Markdown (MD)" to "YAML", you get a Markdown file of the Spreadsheet.

madato table -t xlsx test/sample_multi_sheet.xslx.xlsx -s Sheet1 -o yaml
- Rank: "1"
  Change: ""
  Language: Python
  Share: "23.59 %"
  Trend: "+5.5 %"
- Rank: "2"
  Change: ""
  Language: Java
  Share: "22.4 %"
  Trend: "-0.5 %"
- Rank: "3"
  Change: ""
  Language: Javascript
  Share: "8.49 %"

If you omit the sheet name, it will dump all sheets into an order map of array of maps.


  • [x] Reads a formatted YAML string and renders a Markdown Table
  • [x] Can take an optional list of column headings, and only display those from the table (filtering out other columns present)
  • [X] Native Binary Command Line (windows, linux, osx)
  • [X] Read an XLSX file and produce a Markdown Table
  • [X] Read an ODS file and produce a Markdown Table
  • [ ] Read a CSV, TSV, PSV (etc) file and produce a Markdown Table
  • [ ] Support Nested Structures in the YAML input
  • [ ] Read a Markdown File, and select the "table" and turn it back into YAML

Future Goals

Known Issues


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