Step-by-Step Guide to Installing XLRD >= 0.9.0 for Enhanced Excel Support


XLRD is a popular Python library designed for reading data and formatting information from Microsoft Excel files. The library supports Excel files in both `.xls` and `.xlsx` formats. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing XLRD version 0.9.0 or higher, which provides enhanced Excel support for your Python projects.

## Prerequisites

Before diving into the installation process, ensure that you have the following requirements:

1. Python 3.4 or higher installed on your system. You can download the latest version from the [official Python website](

2. PIP (Python Package Installer) should be installed. If not, refer to the [official PIP installation guide](

## Installation

Follow these simple steps to install XLRD >= 0.9.0 on your system:

### Step 1: Open Terminal or Command Prompt

On Windows, press `Windows + R` and type `cmd` to open the Command Prompt. On macOS or Linux, press `Ctrl + Alt + T` to open the Terminal.

### Step 2: Verify Python and PIP Installation

Before proceeding with the installation, ensure both Python and PIP are installed correctly. Run the following commands:

python --version
pip --version

If you see the version numbers for Python and PIP, you're good to go.

Step 3: Install XLRD

Now, run the following command to install XLRD >= 0.9.0:

pip install "xlrd>=0.9.0"

Step 4: Verify XLRD Installation

To check if XLRD is installed correctly, run the following command:

pip show xlrd

If the installation was successful, you should see the XLRD package details, including the version number.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use XLRD to read both .xls and .xlsx files?

A: Yes, XLRD supports both Excel file formats. However, .xlsx support was introduced in version 0.6.1, so ensure you have at least that version installed.

Q: Can XLRD write Excel files?

A: No, XLRD is designed specifically for reading Excel files. If you need to write Excel files, consider using the XLSXWriter library.

Q: Does XLRD support password-protected Excel files?

A: No, XLRD does not support reading password-protected Excel files.

Q: How do I update XLRD to the latest version?

A: Run the following command to update XLRD to the latest version:

pip install --upgrade xlrd

Q: I'm encountering issues with XLRD. Where can I find help?

A: You can refer to the official XLRD documentation or post your queries on Stack Overflow.

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