UnicodeDecodeError utf-8 codec can t decode byte in position invalid start byte

+2 votes

While I importing the file it shows

UnicodeDecodeError: "utf-8" codec can"t decode byte 0xa0 in position 10: invalid start byte


import pandas as pd
a = pd.read_csv("filename.csv")
Jul 23, 2019 in Python by Hari
Beautiful. Thanks, that worked for me. Opening the file in Python and sniffing the encoding gave the wrong one.

2 answers to this question.

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Best answer

You have to use the encoding as latin1 to read this file as there are some special character in this file, use the below code snippet to read the file,

import pandas as pd



Also Read: What does the error message utf-8 codec can't decode byte 0xa0 in position 10: invalid start byte indicate?

answered Jul 23, 2019 by Kunal

selected Dec 24, 2019 by Kalgi
Thanks Kunal you are awesome
Please upvote the answer if its useful :)
Thank you so much, it is helpful answer, I also have same problem but solved
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Thank you Sir. Very helpful
thank you saved my life, I was dying to know this solution hahahha
Thanks. it is working.

could you explain? What is the reason for this problem and what that "encoding ='latin1' " mean?
Kunal you're awesome! That was driving me mad

Hey, @Brij Mohan,

 "encoding ='latin1' " mean means that dev tools are sourcing the files as latin1 instead of the UTF-8 files that they are. This happens irrespective of the Encoding: UTF-8.

thank you, its works
thanks for saving my day
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Try using :

pd.read_csv(“Your filename", encoding="ISO-8859-1”)

The code that I parsed from some website was converted in this encoding instead of default UTF-8 encoding which is standard.

answered Dec 10, 2020 by Niroj
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