Parso Java library


Parso is a lightweight Java library that is designed to read SAS7BDAT datasets. The Parso interfaces are analogous to those that belong to libraries designed to read table-storing files, for example, CSVReader library. Despite its small size, the Parso library is the only full-featured open-source solution to process SAS7BDAT datasets (uncompressed, CHAR-compressed or BINARY-compressed). It is effective in processing clinical and statistical data, which is often stored in SAS7BDAT format. In addition, the Parso library allows users to convert data into CSV format.

Why Select Parso as your SAS7BDAT File Reader?

Stability: Successful processing in difficult cases (partially corrupt files, compression, etc.)

High processing speed

Easy-to-use API: You need a couple of lines of program code to convert your SAS7BDAT file into a model or CSV format

JavaDoc for exposed API

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Evolving project: EPAM continues to develop the library by adding new functionality

On-going technical support: EPAM welcomes any comments and concerns about this product and will address them on a regular basis

Possibility of integration with existing client projects

Row-by-row reading of data allows you to optimally organize the storing of results


  • Data streams processing: no need to save the files to process
  • Converting SAS7BDAT datasets into CSV format
  • Reading and converting metadata of SAS7BDAT datasets into CSV format
  • Extracting all properties of SAS7BDAT files (creation date, modification date, etc.)
  • Two ways to read the file data: in one go and row by row

Support and Development

EPAM has wide experience in integration services and will help you integrate Parso into your project. We will price those services based on your individual needs.

How to Use

If you use Maven, add the following dependency into the pom.xml file:


Create a variable of the SasFileReader class and indicate your InputStream that contains the SAS7BDAT file as a parameter in the SasFileReader constructor:

com.epam.parso.SasFileReader sasFileReader = new SasFileReaderImpl(is);

To get the properties of a SAS7BDAT file, use:


To get the description of the SAS7BDAT columns, use:


To get the data of the SAS7BDAT file, use:

sasFileReader.readAll(); //to read all rows at once

sasFileReader.readNext(); //to read rows one by one

To convert the metadata of the file into CSV format, use:

Writer writer = new StringWriter();
CSVMetadataWriter csvMetadataWriter = new CSVMetadataWriterImpl(writer);

To convert the data of the file into CSV format, use:

Writer writer = new StringWriter();
CSVDataWriter csvDataWriter = new CSVDataWriterImpl(writer);

To write all rows at once to the ‘writer’ variable:

csvDataWriter.writeRowsArray(sasFileReader.getColumns(), sasFileReader.readAll());

To write rows one by one to the ‘writer’ variable:

csvDataWriter.writeRow(sasFileReader.getColumns(), sasFileReader.readNext());

Download and Install

Look at the Downloads page for the installation package suitable for your system.

Release Notes

Please see the Changelog page


Parso is free software: You can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; version 3 of the License.

This program is distributed WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should receive a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If you did not, please see

Commercial Availability

If the GPL-licensed Parso does not satisfy your needs, please contact us at to discuss the possibility of a commercial license.

We hope that you decide to use the Parso library. At EPAM, we are available to help you use, integrate, and support Parso.