||It has been suggested that this article be merged into Delimiter-separated values. (Discuss) Proposed since April 2011.|
|Internet media type||
|Type of format||multiplatform, serial data streams|
|Container for||database information organized as field separated lists|
|Standard(s)||IANA MIME type|
A tab-separated values file is a simple text format for a database table. Each record in the table is one line of the text file. Each field value of a record is separated from the next by a tab stop character – it is a form of the more general delimiter-separated values format.
TSV is a simple file format that is widely supported, so it is often used to move tabular data between different computer programs that support the format. For example, a TSV file might be used to transfer information from a database program to a spreadsheet.
TSV is an alternative to the common comma-separated values (CSV) format, which often causes difficulties because of the need to escape commas – literal commas are very common in text data, but literal tab stops are infrequent in running text. The IANA standard for TSV achieves simplicity by simply disallowing tabs within fields.
TSV is also a format often used by PVR recording units to store metadata (such as closed captions) as well as the recorded media itself. The .TSV file can then be converted to a more-common format (such as .AVI) or played using software such as The KMPlayer.
See also 
- IANA, Text Media Types, text/tab-separated-values, Paul Lindner, U of MN Internet Gopher Team, June 1993
- Tab Separated Values (TSV): a format for tabular data exchange, Jukka Korpela, created 2000-09-01, last update 2005-02-12.