# q - Text as Data
q is a command line tool that allows direct execution of SQL-like queries on CSVs/TSVs (and any other tabular text files).
q treats ordinary files as database tables, and supports all SQL constructs, such as WHERE, GROUP BY, JOINs etc. It supports automatic column name and type detection, and q provides full support for multiple character encodings.
q's web site is [http://harelba.github.io/q/](http://harelba.github.io/q/). It contains everything you need to download and use q immediately.
Instructions for all OSs are [here](http://harelba.github.io/q/install.html).
Go [here](http://harelba.github.io/q/examples.html) for more examples.
## Python API
A development branch for exposing q's capabilities as a <strong>Python module</strong> can be viewed <a href="https://github.com/harelba/q/tree/generic-injected-streams/PYTHON-API.markdown">here</a>, along with examples of the alpha version of the API.<br/>Existing functionality as a command-line tool will not be affected by this. Your input will be most appreciated.
## Change log
Click [here](http://harelba.github.io/q/changelog.html) to see the change log.
Any feedback/suggestions/complaints regarding this tool would be much appreciated. Contributions are most welcome as well, of course.
Harel Ben-Attia, email@example.com, [@harelba](https://twitter.com/harelba) on Twitter
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