I'm trying to import a CSV file in QGIS 3.4 using the common method of "Add Layer" > "Add Delimited Text Layer". But QGIS is reading every row of the dataset as a column title, and nothing is in a row below those columns. See the screenshot below:

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I thought there might be some weird formatting issues, so I tried saving the dataset various ways (xlsx, csv, txt) but no success.

Then I tried to create a very simple csv file from scratch as a test, which looks like this:

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And when trying to "Add Delimited Text Layer" with this file I get the same problem. All rows are read as column headers:

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What obvious thing am I missing? It is as if this tool suddenly does not work, though I have used it many times before.

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    There is a problem with line breaks. I would suggest to open the file inside a good text processor, like notepad++, to see what is wrong Oct 10, 2019 at 19:50
  • Have you tried "Custom Delimiters"? often when I have a problem opening a CSV, it's because it's not Comma separated Values but Tab separated or semicolons
    – LeoC
    Oct 10, 2019 at 19:52

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Most definitely there is an End Of Line issue in the CSV file. I would guess QGIS is on a Windows machine, and the CSV only has Carriage Retruns (CR) or linefeeds (LF), while it need both (CR+LF, or 0x0A + 0x0D).

A simple fix is to convert all line breaks of the CSV file into CR+LF. Luckily it is an easy operation, and there are tons of options:

  • Under Linux use the unix2dos command line utility, awk, perl, or whatever you feel like.
  • Online there are also scores of alternatives. One I just tried: http://newline.nadav.org/

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