In my project, we wanted to be able to parse a CSV file on the client. Fortunately, JavaScript has added FileReader features, and the D3 library brings with it a very good CSV parser.

The easiest way to work this this file is given below. We create a new FileReader instance, and read the file as text. The file input will have a text array, with the first element containing the context of the text. The reader instance will have a result property.

$(".file-input").on("change", () => {
    let reader = new FileReader();
    reader.onload = () => {

You can test this script with the form below. If you need a sample CSV file to test this script, you can download one here. The file comes from Sean Lahman’s Baseball Archive.

The complete code is available on Github.