Convert csv- or Excel-file xlsx to kml with custom markers

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I want to convert a CSV- or Excel(2010)-file to kml to be able to show it on google earth. The file holds addresses that are not geocoded. It holds a field with a URL for a custom marker. And it holds a field with some info that I want to show in an info window.

The file looks like this:

Name;Category;Address; Icon; Info
McFood;Fast Food;Street 1, zip, town, country; url-to-icon; Info
BurgerEmperor;Fast Food;Way 1, zip, town, country; url-to-icon; Info
BlueFrenchHorn;French;Street 12, zip, town, country; url-to-icon; Info
PetesPizza;Italian;whatever, zip, town, country; url-to-icon; Info
SubZero;Fast Food;Highway 6, zip, town, country; url-to-icon; Info
Sep 25 in Others by Kithuzzz
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With some help from the community, I want to share my solution to this problem. It may be a little rough around the edges, but it works. I wrote two scripts (one for CSV-input and one for xlsx-input that only differ slightly).


import csv
import simplekml
import geocoder
from collections import defaultdict

mydict = defaultdict(list)

# the part of reading the file to a dictionary is taken from
# and modified to have a list of dictionaries - solution from

with open ('food.csv', 'r') as csvfile:
    #sniff to find the format
    fileDialect = csv.Sniffer().sniff(
    #read the CSV file into a dictionary
    dictReader = csv.DictReader(csvfile, dialect=fileDialect)
    for row in dictReader:
        mycategory = row.pop("category")
        mydict[mycategory].append(row)  # Will put a list for not-existing key

mydict = dict(mydict) # Convert back to a normal dictionary (optional)

# Use SimpleKml to write kml-file
# category from csv-file used as folder
# Custom Markers taken from url in csv-file

kml =simplekml.Kml()
for ctgy in mydict:
    for entry in mydict[ctgy]:
        # geocode addresses
        g =["Address"])
        pnt=fol.newpoint(name=entry["Name"], coords=[(g.lng,], description=entry["Info"])
        if entry["Icon"] != "":


It differs only slightly - to being able to use a DictReader with an excel-file I use from the answer to this question: DictReader for Excel-Files

The differences are:

# import csv
from xlsdictreader import XLSDictReader

In file handling:

with open ('food.xlsx', 'r') as excelfile:
    dictReader = XLSDictReader(excelfile)
answered Sep 26 by narikkadan
• 37,660 points

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