FAQ: What format does the Postcode Address File (PAF®) get supplied in?
Due to the size of PAF® (28 million records for the UK), we purposely split the PAF file into five output files. The five files are zipped into a single file ready for delivery. The compressed ZIP file will unzip as five Comma Separated Variable (CSV) files. As a CSV formatted data file, you will find the format compatible with almost any application in the market place including SQL, Word, Excel and Microsoft Access to name but a few.
More information; inc. breakdown of field lengths & definitions for each field: PAF product detail pages.
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