Reading parsing Excel xls files with Python

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What Python command should I use to read Excel (XLS) files? (not CSV files). Is there a built-in Python package that can perform this function by default?
Sep 19 in Others by Kithuzzz
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I highly recommend xlrd for reading .xls files. But there are some limitations(refer to xlrd github page):

Warning

This library will no longer read anything other than .xls files. For alternatives that read newer file formats, please see http://www.python-excel.org/.

The following are also not supported but will safely and reliably be ignored:

- Charts, Macros, Pictures, any other embedded object, including embedded worksheets.
- VBA modules
- Formulas, but results of formula calculations are extracted.
- Comments
- Hyperlinks
- Autofilters, advanced filters, pivot tables, conditional formatting, data validation

Password-protected files are not supported and cannot be read by this library.

Voyager highlighted COM automation's application. I can attest from personal experience that it is a huge PITA to accomplish this. There are many caveats, and the documentation is inadequate and unpleasant. I encountered a lot of strange issues and gotchas, some of which took me a long time to figure out. 

answered Sep 21 by narikkadan
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