pspp-convert is a command-line utility accompanying
PSPP. It reads an SPSS or SPSS/PC+ system file or SPSS portable
file or encrypted SPSS syntax file input and
writes a copy of it to another output in a different format.
pspp-convert [options] input output pspp-convert --help pspp-convert --version
The format of input is automatically detected, when possible.
The character encoding of old SPSS system files cannot always be
guessed correctly, and SPSS/PC+ system files do not include any
indication of their encoding. Use
-e encoding to specify
the encoding in this case.
By default, the intended format for output is inferred based on its extension:
Comma-separated value. Each value is formatted according to its variable’s print format. The first line in the file contains variable names.
SPSS system file.
SPSS portable file.
SPSS syntax file. (Only encrypted syntax files may be converted to this format.)
pspp-convert can convert most input formats to most output
formats. Encrypted system file and syntax files are exceptions: if
the input file is in an encrypted format, then the output file must be
the same format (decrypted). To decrypt such a file, specify the
encrypted file as input. The output will be the equivalent
plaintext file. You will be prompted for the password (or use
-p, documented below).
-O extension to override the inferred format or to
specify the format for unrecognized extensions.
The following options are accepted:
Specifies the desired output format. format must be one of the
extensions listed above, e.g.
-O csv requests comma-separated
By default, all cases are copied from input to output. Specifying this option to limit the number of cases written to output to maxcases.
Overrides the encoding in which character strings in input are interpreted. This option is necessary because old SPSS system files, and SPSS/PC+ system files, do not self-identify their encoding.
Specifies the password to use to decrypt an encrypted SPSS system file
or syntax file. If this option is not specified,
pspp-convert will prompt interactively for the password as
Be aware that command-line options, including passwords, may be visible to other users on multiuser systems.
Prints a usage message on stdout and exits.
Prints version information on stdout and exits.