Extract text from txt file and insert it in CSV column

Say I have a folder full of .txt files. Within each text file, there is a line that says the following:

Name: [name here]

So for example, the first three text files could contain Bob Smith, Joe Snow, or Mary Fields in the “Name” field (in the place of [name here]).

I’d like to extract the names into a CSV file that looks like this:

file_name, name
1.txt, Bob Smith
2.txt, Joe Snow
3.txt, Mary Fields

I’m thinking that the command line or Python can help me achieve this, but any help will be appreciated!

Hey there @hy9fesh :wave:,

For this problem, I don’t know how to do this using Python, but I do know how to do this using JavaScript with Node.js. Using Nodejs’ filesystem module that will read and write any file and JavaScripts functions that will turn it into a Comma Seperated Text and then use the filesystem again to make a .csv file. If you’re interested, you can ask more with me. :slightly_smiling_face:

I would be open to a JS solution as well!

NodeJS solution:

const fs = require('fs');

const files = fs.readdirSync('./').filter((file) => /.txt$/.test(file));
if (!files.length) process.exit(1);

fs.writeFileSync('names.csv', 'file_name, name\n');

files.forEach((file) => {
  const match = fs.readFileSync(file, { encoding: 'utf8' }).match(/Name:\s*(\b.+?)\s*$/);
  if (match && match[1]) {
    fs.appendFileSync('names.csv', `${file}, ${match[1]}\n`);

Have fun!